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How the study of music in the early years can improve literacy

Posted by Phillip Pratt on Dec 16, 2015 6:00:00 AM

How the study of music in the early years can improve literacyCurrent research highlights the learning benefits of music study and participation. Evidence suggests that listening to music can help children learn to read. The practice of music in the early years is, therefore, particularly important.

Younger children generally experience a strong connection to music. By presenting literacy tasks in a musical format can help motivate students in their learning. How many children do you know who have learned their ABCs from the alphabet song?

Research has proven that music education increases early brain development and improves students’ overall academic performance. Children who are engaged in practical music generally perform better in literacy and numeracy.

Researchers have also found that, overall, musicians have higher IQ scores than their non-musician counterparts.

At Trinity, we believe that literacy and music are intrinsically linked. Boys in the early years programmes focus on using word play rhymes and rhythm to develop understanding of basic musical concepts of rhythm, beat, melody and structure.

Establishing a sense of rhythm can be used to increase awareness of rhyming patterns and alliteration in other areas of reading and writing.

But most importantly, music is fun. Many children experience emotions through music and this positive connection can make them more receptive to learning – it feels less like a challenge, more like play.

Recognising the strong links between music and academic performance, Trinity offers a comprehensive music programme to students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12. We take creative and performing arts seriously.

To see our students alive in their adventure of learning, watch our Music video here. 

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Topics: Music, Early years