Music playschool enhances children’s linguistic skills

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Linnavalli , T , Putkinen , V , Lipsanen , J , Huotilainen , M & Tervaniemi , M 2018 , ' Music playschool enhances children’s linguistic skills ' , Scientific Reports , vol. 8 , no. 1 , 8767 .

Title: Music playschool enhances children’s linguistic skills
Author: Linnavalli, Tanja; Putkinen, Vesa; Lipsanen, Jari; Huotilainen, Minna; Tervaniemi, Mari
Contributor organization: Cognitive Brain Research Unit
Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Department of Education
CICERO Learning
AGORA for the study of social justice and equality in education -research centre
Teachers' Academy
Brain, Music and Learning
Date: 2018-06-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Scientific Reports
ISSN: 2045-2322
Abstract: Several studies have suggested that intensive musical training enhances children’s linguistic skills. Such training, however, is not available to all children. We studied in a community setting whether a low-cost, weekly music playschool provided to 5–6-year-old children in kindergartens could already affect their linguistic abilities. Children (N = 66) were tested four times over two school-years with Phoneme processing and Vocabulary subtests, along with tests for Perceptual reasoning skills and Inhibitory control. We compared the development of music playschool children to their peers either attending to similarly organized dance lessons or not attending to either activity. Music playschool significantly improved the development of children’s phoneme processing and vocabulary skills. No such improvements on children’s scores for non-verbal reasoning and inhibition were obtained. Our data suggest that even playful group music activities – if attended to for several years – have a positive effect on pre-schoolers’ linguistic skills. Therefore we promote the concept of implementing regular music playschool lessons given by professional teachers in early childhood education.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
515 Psychology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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