The connection between music and memory is really strong and develops in many different ways!
- we can use music to learn a new language memorising the lyrics of a song in a different language;
- we can play music to recall memories from the past;
- we can sing an old song to stimulate an injured brain… the possibilities are many!
When children are involved in music activities, they need to memorise the rules of the game, the melody, the lyrics and the movement, developing in that moment working memory.
What about when a child is learning how to play an instrument? Their memory is always involved!
Let’s make an example:
– a child to be able to read the note DO on the music stave must recall the information stored in their memory regarding the other notes and correlate them with a first mental representation, both visual and auditory (semantic memory);
– coordinate the fingers using a whole set of visuospatial, auditory and motor programming strategies that involve short and long-term memory (and not only);
– implement a set of cognitive functions including working memory, to control and balance gesture-sound coordination.
Easy, right? 🙂