According to Dr. Dee Coulter, a renowned brain science educator, key pre-reading skills that researchers have identified as helpful for preparing children to read are the same as those supported in a good music class.
- ability to hear and identify differences in pitch
- ability to work with codes, such as linking musical tones with notes
- familiarity with rhyming words (in poetry, lyrics, etc.)
- ability to copy rhythms so they can hear the rhythmic structure of language
- a rich vocabulary of regular and “rare” words; (a bigger vocabulary makes learning easier)
- ability to focus attention on pictures and on the teacher’s voice, and to communicate well
In our Family Music for Babies and Toddlers class the children are involved in call and response songs and patterns, the earliest pre-reading activities in our program. For those enrolled in Cycle of Seasons or Pre-piano reading readiness is continued with call and response activities, finger play games, nursery rhymes and body awareness songs. All of these are activities that deepen the children’s connection between words and actions.
Enrolling in music lessons is not only for enrichment and enjoyment. The benefits into other fields of learning are tremendous when the musical environment you have chosen is purposeful and allows your child the freedom to learn in a pleasant and non-threatening environment.
Call Dorla’s Piano Studio (817) 832-8578 today and schedule a free class so that you may experience the joy of music and learning!
adapted from Musikgarten Delivers! Partnering with Parents Set 2