BBC Learning English 英语教学

随身英语

 

The benefits of learning a musical instrument 学习乐器的好处

Play audio file

你有喜欢的乐队或音乐家吗?有没有想过学一门乐器?除了陶冶情操和掌握技能以外,演奏乐器对一个人还有哪些好处?听 “随身英语” 节目探讨学习乐器的益处。

词汇:music 音乐

It’s difficult not to admire the talent of a skilled musician. Whether it be a pianist, flautist or cellist, these individuals have shown dedication and passion over a long period of time to reach the highest levels of performance. But they say it’s never too late to learn. So what are the benefits, for both children and adults, in learning a musical instrument?

Learning to play a musical instrument when growing up can improve hearing in adulthood. According to a study by Dr Nina Kraus, Professor of Neurobiology at Northwestern University in Illinois, US, children who played musical instruments were better at recognising different frequencies. This improved hearing skill carried over into later life with adults who had once played an instrument able to discern sounds of different pitches more easily. And it could also have some academic benefits too. A study conducted by the University of British Columbia found that students who engaged in music-related activities during grades 7-12 scored significantly higher in science, English and maths.

And there are not just benefits to children. Whether you choose to play the piano, pick or strum a guitar or learn a drumbeat, you could end up joining a band or orchestra. This in turn could improve your social life, meeting other bandmates who are likeminded in their love of a good tune. Learning an instrument can also give you a sense of achievement. Nailing that perfect chord is one way, but what if you got together with a bunch of friends and entered into a battle of the bands – and won?

So, whether you’re looking to destress playing out some chords, or improve your grades at school, maybe taking up an instrument could help you.

词汇表

pianist 钢琴家
flautist 长笛手
cellist 大提琴手
dedication 专注,投入
passion 热情
frequency 频率
pitch 音高
pick 弹拨
strum 扫拨
guitar 吉他
drumbeat 鼓点
band 乐队
orchestra 管弦乐队
bandmate 乐队中的队友
tune 曲子
nail 成功地做
chord 和弦
battle of the bands “乐队大赛”(指表演选出最优秀乐队的比赛)

测验与练习

1.  阅读课文并回答问题。

1. According to the article, what do musicians have to show to reach the highest levels of performance?

2. According to a study by Dr Nina Kraus, what were children who played music better at recognising?

3. Students who engaged in music-related activities in grades 7-12 scored higher in which subjects, according to a study?

4. How could learning an instrument improve your social life?

5. In what ways could learning an instrument give you a sense of achievement?

2.  选择意思恰当的单词或词组来完成下列句子。

1. He has shown real _______ to his work.

dedication                 strum                          drumbeat                  pick

2. You need to _______ the guitar from top to bottom to make that sound.

frequencies               passion                       pitches                     strum

3. You did well in the test. You really _______ it.

picked                       nailed                          tuned                        frequencies   

4. We’ve decided to create a group and compete in the next _______ of the bands.

war                            battle                          fight                           skirmish

5. She shows exceptional _______ towards her music. She loves it!

drumbeat                   passion                      pick                           tune

答案

1.  阅读课文并回答问题。

1. According to the article, what do musicians have to show to reach the highest levels of performance?
Musicians have shown dedication and passion to reach the highest levels of performance.

2. According to a study by Dr Nina Kraus, what were children who played music better at recognising?
Children who played musical instruments were better at recognising different frequencies.

3. Students who engaged in music-related activities in grades 7-12 scored higher in which subjects, according to a study?
Students who engaged in music-related activities during grades 7-12 scored significantly higher in science, English and maths.

4. How could learning an instrument improve your social life?
You could end up joining a band or orchestra and meet other bandmates who are likeminded in their love of a good tune.

5. In what ways could learning an instrument give you a sense of achievement?
Learning an instrument can give you a sense of achievement through nailing that perfect chord or getting together with a bunch of friends and entering into a battle of the bands.

2.  选择意思恰当的单词或词组来完成下列句子。

1. He has shown real dedication to his work.

2. You need to strum the guitar from top to bottom to make that sound.

3. You did well in the test. You really nailed it.

4. We’ve decided to create a group and compete in the next battle of the bands.

5. She shows exceptional passion towards her music. She loves it!

下载

下载文字稿

下载音频

订阅和关注
人气排行
Copyright ©