Benefits of reading to young children
As well as incorporating music-reading into the Music at Heart curriculum, I use story books. The simple act of reading to children can have a huge impact on many aspects of their development, starting with the bonding enjoyed when a young child sits on a parent’s lap and they share a book together. In addition to the obvious benefits of increased language comprehension and a larger, more expressive vocabulary, reading raises children’s cognitive scores, promotes a longer attention span, improves thinking and listening skills and builds the imagination – all qualities which will enhance their musical development.
In Early Years sessions, reading a story book at the end of a class helps children to make the connection between the squiggles on the page and the sounds of the spoken word, just as they will later make the connection between the symbols and sounds of music. They also learn how we read from left to right, and that the story continues when we turn a page, which prepares them for reading music and following a musical score.
In recorder group lessons, a carefully-chosen book can help pupils understand the Suzuki philosophy. A good story, one that resonates with children’s imaginations and the way they see the world, can convey a deep and meaningful message in a very simple but powerful way. It makes an impression and they remember it.
read more: How I use the story of The Carrot Seed (Ruth Krass)