Thanks for the note.
Regarding 1, when I speak with people who have learned another language—and point to music as being the catalyst or aid in helping them achieve fluency—my impression is that it relates to memorability and comprehension. Exposure in terms of audible sounds increases ones ability to distinguish and interpret sounds (phonology). There are several academic articles I could point you that take up phonology and second language acquisition; because of my interest in languages (and my envy of those who live in Europe where its near ubiquitous to have language skills beyond one's mother tongue), I am normally keen to ask folks how the acquired second languages.
I should also mention that one's personal goals of language learning should inform to what extent what one focuses. If one is only seeking to gain proficiency in using 'tools,' then I am quite OK by saying that one doesn't need to spend much time hearing the language spoken, inflected, used by its speakers. For Koine Greek, I don't know of anyone producing music in this dialect. Even Buth and Rico's materials are problematic to some degree in this area, because of the potential to be spurious. Language form can only inform to a certain degree, for it's people who use language, not language who use people. I would take language as cognitive expressions—and I would even say we judge intelligence on those factors (but now I am going quite far and would require much more detailed argumentation to get my point across).
Your second point, related to the first, is very important. I recommend reading aloud. it builds your sensitivity to the texture of the text—and leads to asking differing questions. For example, I had read this verse several times silently, but when I read it aloud, I quickly noticed the alliteration used by Paul to accentuate his message:
Βλέπετε τοὺς κύνας, βλέπετε τοὺς κακοὺς ἐργάτας, βλέπετε τὴν κατατομήν.
When read aloud, you can easily see Paul's alliteration along the lines of using the labial, interdental, velar, three times consecutively.
read aloud and read pensively—paying attention to the texture of text.
Edited by James Tucker, 16 April 2014 - 02:01 PM.