Language development and music

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.


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