A Little Song About Noise

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Summary Statement

Every year, approximately 30 million people in the United States are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise. Fortunately, the incidence of noise-induced hearing loss can be reduced or eliminated through the successful application of engineering controls and hearing conservation programs. For more information, go to OSHA's website, Noise and Hearing Conservation, http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/noisehearingconservation/index.html . Using songs and rhyme to help with learning and recall has been done for generations. It is well established that setting words to music can improve recall of those words. This is particularly true when the resulting song is heard more than once and includes rhymes, an easy-to-sing melody, and a consistent rhythm. Furthermore, musical cues can trigger the recall of unique information that is difficult to retrieve using nonmusical cues. Songs can thus facilitate the retention of facts that simply need to be memorized. Music has other potential educational benefits as well. There is preliminary evidence that regular music practice improves mathematical and spatial reasoning skills as well as overall IQ. Music may create a classroom climate conducive to learning by reducing stress levels and putting students at ease. Finally, if the music is both enjoyable to the students and relevant to the material they are studying, it may spark students' interest in that material. For more on the use of songs in teaching, especially science, read Greg Crowther's article to Learning to the Beat of a Different Drum

Safety and Health Trainers
Montana Department of Labor and Industry