I have often been approached by educators and asked, “Why teach English as a Second Language when you are an excellent music teacher?” Or, “Why teach music when you are an excellent English as a Second Language instructor?” I also often get the comment, “Wow, English as a Second Language and music…that’s an interesting combination. Why do both?”
The answer to these questions has been a career progression. I am not just a music instructor, nor just an ESL teacher. I am an education professional that sees and applies the resonating harmony of language acquisition and music in what I do. What does this mean? The answer is an analytical comparison and integration of both fields to enhance the learning outcome of students regardless of the content area of instruction. It is the merging of disciplines.
I have done research on this subject while working on my master’s degree via online learning with Shenandoah University. I have also studied this subject in my spare time and have applied what I have learned with curriculum development and instruction. I am going to share what I have learned and how the resonating of language acquisition and music can be applied in many facets and instructional areas.
I have much to share, so this will be a blog series. I hope you will be enlightened and inspired. I have one question I would like you to answer until I write “Part 2”. How can phonology, semantics and music interrelate? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to comment away.