Researchers from the University of Montreal make a number of interesting comments about music and musical memory that may help some students and adults with memory difficulties. First, they note that musical memory often appears preserved over memory for text (a trick used by speech therapists in the rehabilitation of stroke patients), and second that words and music appear to prime each other to improve their memory. They were surprised to find that even with scrambling up of the sequences beneficial effects on memory. Somehow the overall structure of words or melody were preserved enough to be recognizeable.
For some children who have severe memory roadblocks, learning by music may be extremely valuable learning strategy.