Laura Bernay

Singing and Music as Aids to Language Development

Enjoyment
children learn best when they are enjoying themselves. singing stimulates auditory discrimination essential to development of children’s? imaginations and ability to express ideas in words, music, dance, gestures

Repetition
language is learned by imitation and repetition singing provides a fun and enjoyable means to repetition, children do not notice how many times they have repeated something they like, it is never a chore learn songs by heart, especially pre-reading children, helps develop memory

Linguistic factor
the flow of the words in songs imitate the flow of the words in language, intonation, inflexion, stress, articulation children can often sing in a foreign language easily even though they may not speak that language at all, it is the flow of the language through singing which allows the ease of this

Helps with reading ability

process of placing words into rhythmic patterns in singing reinforces their speaking ability, learn basics of poetry without knowing it

Learn about one?s culture
introduce new words and concepts, alone, with family or in small groups
provides a ?prompt? to discuss the content, opportunity to history(seasons, stories, morals) action songs reinforce co-ordination, can be in the form of of matching the rhythm of an action with the music or in the form of holding up fingers to count the verse or other things in the song (e.g.. ?five little waves were dancing about? etc.) Reinforce numeracy, literacy and memory counting songs, alphabet songs, story songs (e.g.?5 Fat Frogs?), accumulative songs, action songs. quite often we can remember long songs word for word but not many of us can remember a story word for word.

Singing in groups

reinforcing, companionship, identification with others, sense of belonging, social skills develop, sharing, listening to each other (call and response songs), promotes understanding and valuing of others? ideas.
** Useful elements found in songs:

Alphabet
Counting
Memory
Sequencing
Imagination (words)
Action (fine motor)
Action (gross motor, jumping etc. )
Imagination (actions)
Other languages
Dialect/regional
Chants/rhymes-rap/sport
Seasons
Story, Ideas/emotional
Humourous
Using rhythmic/sound effects of own language (animals, trucks, bells, horns anything)

Laura Bernay
2006

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