LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND NUMERACY SKILLS – AMAZING BENEFITS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC EDUCATION # 3
Language, Literacy & Numeracy Skills
- Beat and Rhythm
Language & Literacy Skills: Sounds, Repetition and Rhyme
Studies show that the area of the brain controlling both musical ability and language comprehension are more intricately linked than previously thought.
Pitch, tone and enunciation of words are recognized and repeated in music education.
Music directly benefits young children’s ability to learn words, speak them correctly, and process the many new sounds they hear from others.
Numeracy Skills: Beat, Rhythm and Counting
Dr Lucy Bainger, in her article “Music and Learning For The Young Child” states the following,
“Music is built on reoccurring beats, which marks out time in equal portions. Rhythms are numerically connected to the beat.
Exploring beat and rhythm introduces the young child to mathematical concepts in a simple form”
By learning number songs, counting down songs, counting sounds and beats, children learn mathematical concepts. These activities allow children to create and recognize patterns, which are intrinsic to understanding mathematics.
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