Reggae Music is Good for the Classroom – UTech Lecturer Finds Genre a Useful Teaching Tool | Entertainment
University of Technology (UTech) lecturer Dr. Glenroy Pinnock says listening to acoustic reggae music can help academics learn math more easily. According to the speaker/musician, who presented on his idea at the recently concluded Research Day at UTech, the spirituality of reggae music conditions the mind to learn.
“I discovered this technology during my studies at Walden University where I was doing a double major in maths and physics. I was listening to certain genres of music and I realized that I was more efficient when listening to music roots reggae. That’s when I realized that something special was exercised by the music,” he said. The Sunday Gleaner.
Dr Pinnock says math and music are more closely related than it seems. He also tried to break the similarity.
“If you look at the fundamental scale of music, it comes out of prime numbers and even numbers. If you look at set theory and look at the real number axis, from 0 to 1, there are a lot of numbers, from 1 to 2 there are many numbers, and so on. So if you look at the open interval and the closed interval, those are the ones that are used to create the scale of the musical structure that we use “, did he declare.
When it comes to classical music and its therapeutic uses, Dr. Pinnock asserts that acoustic reggae music should be viewed in the same light since the genres have similar characteristics.
“They’re both instrumental music, so we listen to the instruments more than the actual voices. What classical music will do to a group of guys who live in China or Europe would be comparable to a group of college students from diaspora reggae, because it’s a similar genre or musical instruments that speak rather than vocals,” he explained.
“Music is made up of different levels of frequency. The right tempo and the right frequency can put your neurons in the right stimulated mode to reason about particular mathematical calculations. There is something called the state of the brain and before you go to bed, the neurons in your brain are moving at a certain frequency, it’s the same when you walk or exercise.The frequency at which the neurons in the brain move is very important for your performance in mathematics,” he said.
Dr Pinnock says his theory will be relevant to the Department of Education, students, parents and even math teachers, as it offers a new approach to teaching, using a cultural product to counter the rate of high student failure in mathematics.
The lecturer was accompanied by two musicians who he says have traveled with him over the past four years, providing acoustic reggae music for his classes.
“If you observe customers listening to conscious reggae music, you will realize that there is a spiritual frequency that stimulates them. Sometimes you don’t even like the song, but your head keeps nodding and it’s because it impacts the brain,” he says.
Dr. Pinnock also challenges other researchers to try to prove his theory wrong. He says the Caribbean lacks research and would therefore welcome curious people to challenge his findings. “There is a wide gap in the research methodologies used in the Caribbean, so I would recommend any other researcher to conduct unbiased data collection, analyze and see the results. I have no problem with people who are trying to refute, but it has to be done scientifically and ethically,” he said.