the present study investigated whether music training fosters children's preliteracy skills. Sixty children were randomly assigned to participate in a 20-day training program in either music or visual art. Before and after training, children's phonological awareness and their ability to map visual symbols onto words (i.e., visual-auditory learning) were assessed. Equivalent improvement after training was observed for both groups on the phonological awareness measure, but the children with music training improved significantly more than the art-trained children on the visual-auditory learning measure. Music training appears to benefit certain skills necessary for reading.
Effect of Music Training on Promoting Preliteracy Skills: Preliminary Causal Evidence
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Sylvain Moreno, Deanna Friesen, Ellen Bialystok; Effect of Music Training on Promoting Preliteracy Skills: Preliminary Causal Evidence. Music Perception 1 December 2011; 29 (2): 165–172. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/mp.2011.29.2.165
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