ERIC Number: ED184109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Using Music to Teach Reading: State of the Art Review.
Sullivan, Emilie P.
The literature on using music to teach reading was reviewed, revealing that the majority of articles published on the topic were testimonials of instructional music program effects on language reading skills attainment. Discussion articles primarily cited individual experiences in using music, often singing, to aid in the acquisition of reading skills. The articles that were not based on research frequently mentioned positive affective results from a music/reading approach. The research articles were divided into those investigating the commonalities of music reading and language reading, and those investigating the effect of particular music instruction programs on reading achievement. The research results seemed to indicate that there were positive relationships between factors in music ability (musicality) and language reading ability, but that correlations ranged from low positive to high levels of significance. Studies of the effect of music instruction on reading skill acquisition had mixed results, some indicating that music instruction may have enhanced auditory discrimination skills. Apparently some music programs have a facilitative effect on reading performance through their development of listening skills and attention span. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (29th, San Antonio, TX, November 29-December 1, 1979).