Five things to know about music and Early Literacy
Is there a particular song that lifts your spirits every time you hear it? Or one that always brings back not-too-fond memories?
According to a study, in addition to its ability to shift our mood and tap into our emotions, when you listen to music you also work better, you can exercise harder and longer, and you experience changes in blood pressure.
But did you know introducing kids to music instruction helps them develop early language and literacy skills?
1. Music instruction strengthens listening and attention skills.
We may be born with the ability to hear, but the ability to listen is not innate. Listening involves more than just hearing. It requires children to focus their minds on the sound perceived. The ability to pay attention is also a learned skill.
2. Music instruction improves phonological awareness.
Phonological awareness is the ability to hear sounds that make up words in
spoken language. Through phonological awareness, children learn to associate sounds with symbols, and create links to word recognition and decoding skills necessary for reading.
3. Music instruction enriches print awareness.
Most children become aware of print long before they start school. They
see print on signs and billboards, in storybooks, magazines, and newspapers. Awareness of print concepts provides the backdrop against which reading and writing are best learned.
4. Music instruction refines auditory discrimination and increases auditory sequencing ability.
The ability to recognize differences in phonemes (auditory discrimination), and the ability to remember or reconstruct the order of items in a list or the order of sounds in a word or syllable (auditory sequencing) are necessary for learning to read.
5. Music instruction enriches vocabulary
Most kids reach a phase of repeating everything they hear – even when
it's something inappropriate. When learning songs that they recite over and over, the words in those songs become the building blocks of their vocabulary.
Ms. Nora Sierra
EC Assistant Principal