Music Improves Verbal Skills and Literacy

I ran across this article again the other day, and as it pertains to our talk about language development and multi-sensory learning in the “Zoo Train!” classes for toddlers, I thought I’d share it here.

“Music training, with its pervasive effects on the nervous system’s ability to process sight and sound, may be more important for enhancing verbal communication skills than learning phonics, according to a new Northwestern University study.”

The study goes on to say that the multi-sensory nature of music, something we’ve been talking about recently in our Kindermusik classes, builds skills needed for the ability to speak and read.   In fact, it reaffirms that studying music actually shapes the brain.

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