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:
has structure and rules,
so does language.
ensures that the words are sequenced in a predictable order
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.
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.
encourages turn-taking behaviors. This
prepares them for conversations.
actions combined with the words in a song serve to reinforce word meanings.
assists children to remember new words, especially with repetition.
has rhyme, encouraging children to become aware of words and their sounds.
music can be helpful in learning parts of speech and language.
helps attention and listening skills which are crucial in language development.
motivates children to socialize which assists in their emotional development
and encourages conversation.
involvement is known to enhance self-esteem and confidence.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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.”
Gadzikowski, former Grants Coordinator, Chicago Children's Museum)