Without music life would be a mistake.
The trick to speaking English with clarity and impact is understanding the melody and rhythm that is specific to English, but differs in other languages. Therefore, without the music of the English language, pronunciation is a mistake.
~ Erin Corrigan, Pronunciation Specialist
People learn pronunciation best in whole fixed phrases, like the lyrics of a song. Learning the whole phrase rather than the individual words imprints the rhythm, melody and linking of a phrase.
~ Judy B. Gilbert (2001) Clear Speech from the Start
I write entirely by ear and read everything aloud before letting it go out into the world.
~ William Zinsser On Writing Well
Communication in spoken English is organized by "musical signals." There are two aspects to these signals—rhythm and melody . . . for the purposes of teaching pronunciation, the teacher needs to understand that both these aspects of spoken English work together and are vitally linked. . . .
In English, rhythmic and melodic signals serve as "road signs" to help the listener follow the intentions of the speaker. . . . The principle of "helping the listener to follow" . . . is so central to communication, in fact, that time spent helping students concentrate on the major rhythmic and melodic signals of English is more important than any other efforts to improve their pronunciation.
~ Judy B. Gilbert
Ordinary people who know nothing of phonetics or elocution have difficulties in understanding slow speech composed of perfect sounds, while they have no difficulty in comprehending an imperfect gabble if only the accent and rhythm are natural.
~ Alexander Graham Bell