Music Together® classes help your child in so many ways including with their language development.  Below is an abbreviated list of the ways these classes help.  Below that is an article for you to read.

  Here is a brief synopsis of how music class helps your child’s language development and general learning skills:

*       Music has structure and rules, so does language.

*                  *  Music ensures that the words are sequenced in a predictable order

*                  *  Music has rhythm and meter.  As we talk, our speech has a beat, a tempo and  inflection.  Like a line of music, a spoken sentence has a cadence as it rises and falls.

*                  *  Music offers a fun opportunity to learn new words and concepts through repetition, which is an important factor when helping to improve a child’s language skills.

*                  *  Music encourages turn-taking behaviors.  This prepares them for conversations.

*                  *  The actions combined with the words in a song serve to reinforce word meanings.

*                  *  Music assists children to remember new words, especially with repetition.

*                            *  Music has rhyme, encouraging children to become aware of words and their sounds.

*                           *  Rhythmic music can be helpful in learning parts of speech and language.

*                           *  Music helps attention and listening skills which are crucial in language development.

*                 *      Music motivates children to socialize which assists in their emotional development and encourages conversation.

*                           *  Musical involvement is known to enhance self-esteem and confidence.

*                           *         It is a well known fact that the more senses are involved in a task, the more learning is going on.  When we sing and dance or play instruments, it multiplies the learning as they use their ears, eyes and bodies all at once.

*                          *  Both sides of the brain are activated when we sing.  Singing also stimulates both new learning and memory.  Music has been known to help children remember their addresses and phone numbers, even school lessons.  Stroke patients with aphasia are being taught to regain their speech through music.  Alzheimer patients are having moments of clarity when hearing familiar songs that have an emotional attachment.  They often remember and even start to sing along.

*                         *   Language development starts in utero.  Four month old fetuses can hear and start to respond to the sound of their mothers at around 5 months, according to Dr. Alfred Tomatis, who used fiber           optic cameras to observe the movement of the fetus in regard to sound.

*                         *  According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, "these skills (language) appear to develop best in a world that is rich with sounds, sights, and consistent exposure to the speech and language of others." 

“Wherever there's music, there is sure to be plenty of language learning going on. Of course, there's more to music than just language learning. Music can evoke powerful emotions in children, such as joy, delight, and excitement. Music enriches the lives of all children; and for some… it can become one of the first paths for connecting to others.”

(Ann Gadzikowski, former Grants Coordinator, Chicago Children's Museum)