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Julia Howe

Class of 2026San Francisco, California


Hello! My name is Julia, and I'm interested in exploring how music can enhance language learning.


  • "How does the incorporation of music improve tonal language-learning?" with mentor Erica (Feb. 9, 2024)

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How does the incorporation of music improve tonal language-learning?

Started May 22, 2023

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Tonal languages pose challenges for non-native learners due to their reliance on pitch variations. Music, with its inherent tonal variations, has been proposed to enhance tonal language learning by facilitating the perception and production of pitch contours. This could potentially overcome the tonal-language barrier and allow learners to perceive tonal language in a musical way. Here, through the examination of recent studies, this review investigates the effects of music-assisted language learning, specifically for tonal language learning, encompassing areas of tonal perception and production. The findings provide insights into the potential benefits of integrating music into tonal language learning environments and the best practices for doing so.