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“Musical fluency implies more than the ability to read music; rather, it’s an understanding and implicit knowledge of what’s correct and incorrect, and what has meaning and coherency in our musical culture.”  – Andrea Love

There was much excitement in Bullock 209W as Andrea Love prepared to give her presentation. Her presentation according to her abstract served a study to prove that nursery rhymes serve the bedrock on which the English language is learned.

Andrea Love, a senior at Agnes Scott gave an informal lecture on Musical Fluency and Nursery Songs. Love started the presentation with a sing-a-long where everyone in the room sang Three Blind Mice. Having the room break out in song served as a basis of her presentation explaining that everyone has musical fluency. She explained that musical fluency helps one to better understand a language better than studying the language. One can say that they can form expectations of what will come next in a song through musical fluency. This is what helps you to sing along to a song that you barely know or do not know at all. One cannot do this with music from other cultures because they have not been exposed to the music of that culture. Nursery songs are the first music learned in infancy. Nursery rhymes teach babies fluency in the way that they are rhythmic, structural, and tonal; which encourages musical fluency.