Emma Hutchinson, director and founder of The Music House for Children, discusses the key ways in which music can enhance a young child’s development in an article on the Early Arts website.
Approximately one in six children between 1-6 years-old in the UK are diagnosed with language delay (The Communication Trust, 2014). Music can help because music and language are hierarchically arranged and inextricably linked:
• Music = notes and keys; chords and progression
• Language = letters and syllables; words and sentences
The process of speaking involves melodic up and down sounds, making particular parts of a word louder or softer, creating different rhythms and stressing different parts of a word, letter or phrase. If we take out music from a child’s vocal learning we take the soul out of speaking.
Early Arts: http://earlyarts.co.uk/enabling-young-childrens-language-in-musical-ways/