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Music is so natural for children; the new literature on emergent literacy treats reading and music the same way—a natural extension of children’s language and experience for young children" (Harp, 1988).

April 29, 2010
Music and Literacy Connections

April 29, 2010. Cheryl and Dianna really enjoyed working with the librarians at the April 27 workshop in Maplewood. The information that was shared from the attendees and open dialogue with activities was wonderful. Below is some of the information that was shared at the workshop with the librarians about music and literacy connections. This continued dialogue furthers our discussion about music and literacy. 

April 22, 2010
The Magic of Lullabies

Lullabies are cross-cultural care-giving phenomena! Every culture has special lullabies, as do families. Lullabies create special times where music is used as a way to communicate and soothe.   Lullabies utilize a steady, rhythmical beat, and also are very poetic and lyrical. We often associate lullabies with a caregiver and infant, but they are also sung to young children.  Lullabies are the first introduction that many children have to music-and also to Musical Storytelling.

By Cheryl Henningsgaard, MS, MT-BC, MacPhail Early Childhood Music Faculty Member
April 19, 2010
Prenatal Music Development & Impact of Music on Learning

The connection between music and literacy begins before birth. As a fetus we are created and sustained through the natural rhythms of the maternal heart. At birth, new borns not only have a preference for their native birth language, but also the maternal voice. Call it a survival mechanism, but humans are wired for sound and rhythm. We are musical human beings, the basis for our ability to learn language, as we have learned music prenatally. Elements of literacy are found through music: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. These are all found in listening and participating to musical activities! We can use these innate preferences and abilities to enhance language development.

By Cheryl Henningsgaard-MS, BMT, MT-BC, ECSE & PreK Early Childhood Educator
April 13, 2010

MELSA and MacPhail Center for Music are partnering to provide insights into the connection between music and literacy. This initial blog introduces the reader to this collaboration and begins the on-going dialogue. A brief discussion about music and literacy opens the dialogue with questions for future blog discussions. Each week the blog will provide information on the links between music and literacy as well as hands-on activities.

By Dianna Babcock & Cheryl Henningsgaard