Did you know that music activates multiple areas of the brain, including those responsible for language processing? That’s right! When we sing, we engage not only our auditory cortex but also our motor cortex, our emotional centers, and even our memory systems.
In this episode, we’ll be exploring how this multi-sensory engagement can help children learn to read more efficiently and effectively. We’ll also be discussing some of the latest research on the subject and sharing tips for incorporating singing into your child’s daily routine.
So, grab a cup of tea and get ready to geek out with us about the science of singing and reading. It’s going to be a wild ride!
Here is a little bit about our guest speaker:
Ann co-founded The Rock ‘n’ Read Project, a Minnesota nonprofit dedicated to “using singing to unlock children’s potential for reading.” She makes presentations and teaches courses for preschool and elementary classroom teachers, and recently wrote A Song a Day: Brain Prep for Pre-Readers, 50 sequenced lessons that use singing and music-making to enable children’s auditory processing, critical for proficient reading. Formerly, she was an elementary music teacher, choir director, and instructor of music teachers. She founded, directed, and taught in the Kodály Certification Program at the University of St. Thomas for 18 summers, and served as associate director of graduate music education.
Links Mentioned in the Episode:
Book Recommendation: Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World
Metronome Apps with Pendulum Swing:
Pitch Pipe Apps (C-C)
Ann Kay’s Website and Resources:
Where to find me:
Crescendo Community Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/crescendocommunity
Official Crescendo Page: https://www.facebook.com/CrescendoMusicEd/