Literacy-through-MusicDiscover the Power of Music to Enhance Your Practice For all early years practitioners Maria KayAll parts of this presentation are copyright. Enquiries to: Maria@soundsandsymbols.co.uk
Music can be a powerful tool HOW TO USE THE PRESENTATIONfor helping to promote theimportant skills required forliteracy • Use as a resource to demonstrate howThis presentation gives you an children learn through playintroduction to how music may beused to assist in the development of • If you have internet access, follow theliteracy skills for young children. hyperlinks (highlighted in orange) toVisit Humpty find out more! • Whilst reading this presentation consider how you might use the ideas inat your own practice.www.soundsandsymbols.co.uk • Each slide can be used as a basis forfor: further discussion.• more information• research on literacy through music Research to support the use of musical activities• free downloads as a vehicle for literacy skill development is• the latest news on music and literacy projects proliferating. Links to some of this research may• ideas and be found at the end of the presentation.• resources All parts of this presentation are copyright. Enquiries to: Maria@soundsandsymbols.co.uk
Literacy The literacy of a nation has important What is Literacy? implications on its future productivity and prosperity. • Listening The early years (0-8) are the most vital for development. • Speaking As an early years practitioner your input will greatly influence the next • Reading generation! A stimulating environment creates • Writing opportunity for learning. One way to create such an environment is through music!1 in 6 people in the UK struggle with literacy (NLT) All parts of this presentation are copyright. Enquiries to: Maria@soundsandsymbols.co.uk
Music• Music is peculiar to and • Musical activities can provide natural to humans a vehicle for the delivery of many skills• We have a natural desire to move to music • Music and language are closely related and can be used to support each other• Music may even pre-date language • Music should be PIVOTAL not peripheral to the curriculum! All parts of this presentation are copyright. Enquiries to: Maria@soundsandsymbols.co.uk
How are usic and Literacy Related?Music and literacy both have:• Rhythm All the skills required for• Structure literacy may be practised• Fluency through musical activities before children are taught to• Pitch read or write; thereby laying• Patterns the foundations for future• Rules of composition success!• Sound-symbol correspondence and much more! All parts of this presentation are copyright. Enquiries to: Maria@soundsandsymbols.co.uk
How Does the Brain Process Music and Language?• Music and language require the operation of both left and right hemispheres thereby ‘exercising’ both sides of the brain!• Sammler (2010) found that the brain processes music and language together when hearing a song but then decodes the lyrics and treats the music separately.• Discover how you can ‘feed’ the brain with music in the book - Sound Before Symbol!All parts of this presentation are copyright. Enquiries to: Maria@soundsandsymbols.co.uk
Music helps language acquisition and memorySing this song and learn the Tourne Tourne Le Moulinwords. Tourne, tourne le moulin, Claque, claque dans les mains,The music (The traditional Nage, nage le poisson,tune to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Vole, vole papillon.Star) will no doubt help you toremember the words eventhough they are in a foreignlanguage! (French)Click on the audio icon to reveal the control bar Adding visual stimulus and actions further assists memory retention.Music aids memory and can Actions to this song and the Englishhelp us to recall long translation, can be found on thesequences. Sounds and Symbols website. All parts of this presentation are copyright. Enquiries to: Maria@soundsandsymbols.co.uk
Sample Activity• Reading Symbols Task• Before children learn to read they • Give children either claves or a need to learn about text. For cymbal and ask them to play as example, that it is read from left you point to each symbol. to right.• Before children learn to read words they can ‘read’ symbols.• This activity also helps children to develop listening and motor skills as well as learning about timing and working together. All parts of this presentation are copyright. Enquiries to: Maria@soundsandsymbols.co.uk
Music Can Teach Reading!• Musical activities can help children to become competent at all the skills which are required for listening, speaking, reading and writing.• Find out how in Sound Before Symbol! All parts of this presentation are copyright. Enquiries to: Maria@soundsandsymbols.co.uk
What Can YOU Do?Buy a copy of Lecturers!Sound Before Symbol Ensure that this book is on your recommended reading list. Students! Improve your understanding of how children become literate and learn how to support literacy learning through musical activities. Start a business of your own and become a presenter of Sounds and Symbolsand learn how to teach literacy skills with confidencethrough easy to learn musical activities. Visit:There is also theory to support these activities – www.soundsandsymbols.co.uk for further info.useful for assignments! All parts of this presentation are copyright. Enquiries to: Maria@soundsandsymbols.co.uk
Sound Before SymbolSound Before Symbol is Sound Before Symbol demonstrates:published by the award winning - SAGE • How music can teach literacyPublications, this book is unique. • How music can be an invaluable resourceIt is the only book to investigate the for early years teachersclose relationship between music andliteracy which is designed for early years • How to use musical activities to achievepractitioners. the EYFS (2012) early learning goals • How even non-musicians can deliver musical sessions with confidence and ease! Inspection Copies Discount available NOW through the Store at: Available Sounds and SymbolsAll parts of this presentation are copyright. Enquiries to: Maria@soundsandsymbols.co.uk
Why Do You Need Musical Activities to Promote Literacy Skill Development?Children can enjoy music even pre-birth – it’s • Demonstrates how non-musiciansthe perfect medium for learning. can easily integrate musical activitiesSounds and Symbols helps you to: into their practise• Learn why it is so important for • Learn how to support speech children to listen to music development through music• Learn how to implement a wide • Develop skills which will support your variety of activities to help children work with ALL children to acquire vital skills • Learn how to be a practitioner of• Learn why the use of ‘motherese’ excellence! supports language development • Be ahead – with up-to-date• Discover how using non-verbal knowledge language can support communication • Be able to deliver the EYFS (2012) skills curriculum effectively! All are copyright. Enquiries to: Maria@soundsandsymbols.co.uk
Sounds and SymbolsSounds and Symbols is The music is specially arranged toA ‘literacy-through-music’ programme for facilitate ease of syllabification – a vitalpre-school children based upon the precursor to reading.research in the book Sound BeforeSymbol. All the activities are designed to develop literacy skills and meet the requirementsThe activities include: of the National Curriculum.• Songs The programme is easy to deliver and the• Rhymes package provides everything required.• Playing instruments• Moving to music• Musical stories If you would like to view evidence to• Development of important early literacy support the value of musical activities to skills literacy development, see some of the research – NEXT slide!Follow us on Facebook and Twitter All parts of this presentation are copyright. Enquiries to: Maria@soundsandsymbols.co.uk
Research proving the benefits of integrating musical activities into literacy learning is proliferatingwww.sciencedaily.comhas many very recent articles advising of • An article in Harvard Business Review (1 Nov, 2012) reported that learning about rhythm,the benefits of music to the brain and pitch and melody for 20 days showedultimately literacy improvement in verbal intelligence scores in more than 90% of the children studied.Also take a look at: • The New London Orchestra conducted a Literacy Through Music project 2011-2013. It demonstrated that participation in the projectTeach Nursery Magazine – issue 3.3 mid enabled children to achieve more in music,April 2013 for articles on literacy through literacy and social inclusion compared to comparative children outside the programme.music by Maria Kay Prof Graham Welch. Institute of Education,More also by Maria Kay in ‘Nursery World’. University of London Music is a versatile resource – learn how to make the most of it! All parts of this presentation are copyright. Enquiries to: Maria@soundsandsymbols.co.uk
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