Do you ever get a song or a piece of music "stuck in your head"? Do you always have some kind of music stuck in your head? Or maybe you have a nice, peaceful brain.
For me, the music is going at all times, and sometimes on more than one track.
The German language has a word for a song that won't leave your head: "ohrwurm," which translates in English to "earworm." Judging from this word alone, it's a pesky condition. Who wants a worm in their head?
But the ability to carry music in your mind can also be considered a skill. While I always suspected there was a benefit to being able to hear music in one's head, I stumbled upon a concrete description of this concept a number of years ago, when I started trying to give my own young children a music education. I enrolled them in a series of baby-toddler classes called Music Together, and when the teacher described something called "audiation," a light bulb went off in my head (no doubt annoying that worm who is in permanent residence).
One of the aims of "Music Together" is to cultivate a child's ability to "audiate," or to create a mental representation of sound and remember it. Children can learn to "audiate" words, pitches and rhythms, and that skill is a kind of baseline for later learning to speak, sing, dance and play an instrument.
It's also a basis for the Suzuki method - listening to the music you are playing, so that it is "in your heard" to help you learn faster and with better accuracy.
Interesting, eh? But it doesn't mean you need to have a song in your mind constantly. How often do you find yourself humming to the tune in your head? Noticing the tune in your head? Trying to get rid of the tune in your head? When does it happen? Is it constant, occasional or rare? Or do you simply not have music in your head? Please participate in the vote and then share your thoughts.
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