EDUCATING WITH MUSIC: Relevant Research


This bibliography contains examples of primary and review articles relevant to the use of science and math songs in education. Additional suggestions and comments are welcome. Submit suggestions to the contacts shown on the Help page, and join our discussion if you have comments!

Music and memory


FS Barrett et al. Music-evoked nostalgia: affect, memory, and personality. Emotion 10: 390-403, 2010.

GH Bower and LS Bolton. Why are rhymes easy to learn? Journal of Experimental Psychology 82: 453-461, 1969.

SL Calvert and M Tart. Song versus verbal forms for very-long-term, long-term, and short-term verbatim recall. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 14(2): 245-260, 1993.

S Chazin and JS Neuschatz. Using a mnemonic to aid in the recall of unfamiliar information. Perceptual and Motor Skills 71: 1067-1071, 1990.

M Heaton and K Paris. The effects of music congruency and lyrics on advertisement recall. UW-L Journal of Undergraduate Research IX: 1-4, 2006.

P Janata. The neural architecture of music-evoked autobiographical memories. Cerebral Cortex 19: 2579-2594, 2009.

P Janata et al. Characterisation of music-evoked autobiographical memories. Memory 15: 845-860, 2007.

M McElhinney and JM Annett. Pattern of efficacy of a musical mnemonic on recall of familiar words over several presentations. Perceptual and Motor Skills 82: 395-400, 1996.

DW Rainey and JD Larsen. The effect of familiar melodies on initial learning and long-term memory for unconnected text. Music Perception 20(2): 173-186, 2002.

ML Roehm. Instrumental vs. vocal versions of popular music in advertising. Journal of Advertising Research 41(3): 49-58, 2001.

DC Rubin. Very long-term memory for prose and verse. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior 16: 611-621, 1977.

DC Rubin and WT Wallace. Rhyme and reason: analyses of retrieval cues. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 15(4): 698-709, 1989.

MD Schulkind et al. Music, emotion, and autobiographical memory: They're playing your song. Memory and Cognition 27: 948-955, 1999.

MC Smith and MR Phillips. Age differences in memory for radio advertisements: the role of mnemonics. Journal of Business Research 53(2): 103-109, 2001.

DW Stewart and GN Punj. Effects of using a nonverbal (musical) cue on recall and playback of television advertising: Implications for advertising tracking. Journal of Business Research 42: 39-51, 1998.

WT Wallace. Memory for music: effect of melody on recall of text. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 20(6): 1471-1485, 1994.

WT Wallace and DC Rubin. Characteristics and constraints in ballads and their effects on memory. Discourse Processes 14: 181-202, 1991.

DE Wolfe and C Horn. Use of melodies as structural prompts for learning and retention of sequential verbal information by preschool students. Journal of Music Therapy 30: 100-118, 1993.

RF Yalch. Memory in a jingle jungle: music as a mnemonic device in communicating advertising slogans. Journal of Applied Psychology 76(2): 268-275, 1991.

Music and the brain


C Grape et al. Does singing promote well-being?: An empirical study of professional and amateur singers during a singing lesson. Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science 38: 65-74, 2003.

G Husain et al. Effects of musical tempo and mode on arousal, mood, and spatial abilities. Music Perception 20(2): 151-171, 2002.

P Janata. Music and the self. In R Haas and V Brandes (eds.), Music That Works (pp. 131-141). Wien: Springer, 2009.

PN Juslin and P Laukka. Expression, perception, and induction of musical emotions: A review and a questionnaire study of everyday listening. Journal of New Music Research 33: 217-238, 2004.

S Kirschner and M Tomasello. Joint music making promotes prosocial behavior in 4-year-old children. Evolution and Human Behavior 31, 354-364, 2010.

J LeDoux. The flip side: scientists who rock. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 15: 335-337, 2011.

J LeDoux. Music and the brain, literally. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 5: 49, 2011.

DJ Levitin. This is your brain on music: the science of a human obsession. New York: Dutton, 2006.

I Peretz and RJ Zatorre. Brain organization for music processing. Annual Review of Psychology 56: 89-114, 2005.

LA Russell. Comparisons of cognitive, music, and imagery techniques on anxiety reduction with university students. Journal of College Student Development 33: 516-523, 1992.

OW Sachs. Musicophilia: Tales of music and the brain. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.

A Savan. The effect of background music on learning. Psychology of Music 27: 138-146, 1999.

EG Schellenberg. Examining the association between music lessons and intelligence. British Journal of Psychology 102: 283-302, 2011.

EG Schellenberg. Cognitive performance after music listening: A review of the Mozart effect. In RAR MacDonald, G Kreutz, and L Mitchell (eds.), Music, Health and Wellbeing. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. In press.

K Vaughn. Music and mathematics: modest support for the oft-claimed relationship. Journal of Aesthetic Education 34(3-4): 149-166, 2000.

Music in the classroom


JA Ahlkvist. Music and cultural analysis in the classroom: introducing sociology through heavy metal. Teaching Sociology 27(2): 126-144, 1999.

JA Ahlkvist. Sound and vision: using progressive rock to teach social theory. Teaching Sociology 29(4): 471-482, 2001.

BD Albers and R Bach. Rockin' soc: using popular music to introduce sociological concepts. Teaching Sociology 31(2): 237-245, 2003.

BE Blanchard. The effect of music on pulse-rate, blood-pressure and final exam scores of university students. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 19: 305-308, 1979.

SS Bottari and JR Evans. Effects of musical context, type of vocal presentation, and time on the verbal retention abilities of visual-spatially oriented and verbally oriented learning disabled children. Journal of School Psychology 20(4): 329-338, 1982.

GJ Crowther. Using science songs to enhance learning: an interdisciplinary approach. CBE Life Sciences Education 11: 26-30, 2012.

GJ Crowther. The SingAboutScience.org database: an educational resource for instructors and students. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 40(1): in press, 2012.

GJ Crowther. Learning to the beat of a different drum: music as a component of classroom diversity. CONNECT 19(4): 11-13, 2006.

MA Davies. Learning ... the beat goes on. Childhood Education 76(3): 148-153, 2000.

H Elterman. Using popular songs to teach sociology. Teaching Sociology 10(4): 529-538, 1983.

D Governor. Teaching and learning science through song: exploring the experiences of students and teachers. Doctoral dissertation, University of Georgia, 2011.

D Governor et al. Teaching and learning science through song: Exploring the experiences of students and teachers. International Journal of Science Education: in press, 2012.

TA Martinez. Popular music in the classroom: teaching race, class, and gender with popular culture. Teaching Sociology 22(3): 260-265, 1994.

J. Maute. Tune in Memory. Middle School Journal 18(2): 3-5, 1987.

SM McCurdy et al. Incorporation of music in a food service food safety curriculum for high school students. Food Protection Trends 28: 107-114, 2008.

CRW VanVoorhis. Stat jingles: to sing or not to sing. Teaching of Psychology 29: 249-250, 2002.

D Walczak and M Reuter. Using popular music to teach sociology: an evaluation by students. Teaching Sociology 22(3): 266-269, 1994.

CK Winter. Singing the songs of science: Using musical parodies for microbiology education. Focus on Microbiology Education 15(1): 10-11, 2008.

CK Winter et al. Food safety education using music parodies. Journal of Food Science Education 8: 62-67, 2009.