Re: Reading music helps reading?
Posted by Keith Dye on 8/10/2020, 9:38 am, in reply to "Reading music helps reading?"
Almost everything you will find is focused on younger children (between the ages of 3 and 10). |
Here's a couple:
Children from low-socioeconomic backgrounds tend to fall progressively further behind their higher-income peers over the
course of their academic careers. Music training has been associated with enhanced language and learning skills, suggesting
that music programs could play a role in helping low-income children to stay on track academically. Using a controlled,
longitudinal design, the impact of group music instruction on English reading ability was assessed in 42 low-income
Spanish-English bilingual children aged 6–9 years in Los Angeles. After one year, children who received music training
retained their age-normed level of reading performance while a matched control group’s performance deteriorated,
consistent with expected declines in this population. While the extent of change is modest, outcomes nonetheless provide
evidence that music programs may have value in helping to counteract the negative effects of low-socioeconomic status on
child literacy development.
Citation: Slater J, Strait DL, Skoe E, O’Connell S, Thompson E, et al. (2014) Longitudinal Effects of Group Music Instruction on Literacy Skills in Low-Income
Children. PLoS ONE 9(11): e113383. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0113383
Pressure on music educators to accommodate reading initiatives in their schools continues to challenge genuine music-learning experiences. Children are taken out of music classrooms for additional reading time, although mounting research informs us of the value of music as a formidable avenue for developing crucial auditory skills needed for successful reading. For this article, we gather research from four areas—neuroimaging, auditory brainstem response technology, music classrooms, and general education—and cite findings that, through these disparate domains, all point to the significance of aural skills development in children. Because music learning is based in aural skill development, we offer several instructional examples that strengthen phonological and phonemic awareness while honoring musical development in young children.
Aural Skills: At the Juncture of Research in Early Reading and Music Literacy.
Hansen, Dee1, firstname.lastname@example.org
Milligan, Sarah A., email@example.com
Music Educators Journal; Dec2012, Vol. 99 Issue 2, p75-80, 6p