Music Training and Reading

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You have probably heard it before – music helps kids improve in math and reading. A recent study (Rautenburg, in press) reviewed by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham shows a link between music training and reading. In Germany, 159 grade one students were part of an 8-month study. They found that music training in rhythm was important to reading ability in the control group.

Willingham states that “Language does have a musical aspect to it, referred to as prosody. And indeed, children’s ability to appreciate the rhythmic aspect of speech is correlated with the ease with which they learn to read, even when controlling for phonemic awareness.”

Kindermusik classes are a great way to expose your child to the rhythms of music. Age-appropriate experiences with child-safe instruments enhance a sense of rhythm and steady beat, develops a keen awareness of the distinguishing qualities of sounds, and encourages spontaneity and creativity.

You may read more about Willingham’s review in the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/06/24/music-education-helps-kids-learn-to-read-study/

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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Education, Family, Kids

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Tanya is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator. She studied music at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She became a licensed Kindermusik educator in 2003. Tanya enjoys teaching piano and voice in her home studio in Orleans as well as Kindermusik at the South Fallingbrook Community Centre. Tanya has participated in award winning choirs which have been featured on CBC radio. She sang at the Canadian Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem" in the choir under the direction of Dr. Elmer Iseler at Roy Thompson Hall as well as the investiture of Madame Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor General of Canada. She established Kindermusik with Tanya when she recognized the need for a studio that offers high-quality musical experiences for children to enjoy with their families.

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  1. kathy downey says:

    Very interesting,thanks for sharing !

  2. kathy downey says:

    I love the photo in B&W of the girls,it looks like an old photo

  3. kathy downey says:

    I wish i had learned to play an instrument when i was young !!

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