What is it that makes music such an excellent tool for learning language?
Singing is simply joyful, and kids love it. They aren’t concerned about what they sound like; they are just eager to let their voices roar!
Kids love songs that repeat words, melodies, and rhythms. In addition, it’s a great medium that allows each child to experience success.
Here are some reasons why music is a beneficial tool for language learning:
· Music is fun and motivating; it’s important to keep it simple
· Our brains love the rhythmic and melodic components of music
· Music is made of patterns and sequences that are easily detected
· Music has lots of repetition, making it a great tool for learning sounds
· Nursery rhymes are songs about familiar themes like animals, toys, and people
· Music can enhance language, communication, and spontaneous sounds
Here are a few songs that touch on how music is a fantastic avenue for language-rich learning:
I’m a Little Teapot. This song works on imitation as well as rhyming. Rhyming is a skill that helps with phonemic awareness and reading skills.
Old MacDonald Had a Farm. This classic song is great for working on easy imitation and learning first words (baa, moo).
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. Learning body parts is a great receptive skill. This particular song also adds a bonus motor and coordination component too!
Five Little Speckled Frogs. This song has lots of repetition to practice a target word or sound. Adding a musical shaker is a fun way to teach cause and effect, which is a prelinguistic skill. It also provides lots of opportunities to develop a sense of rhythm and helps hand-eye coordination.
- Laura Ganguli, Music Therapist