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ERIC Number: EJ886510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
Teaching Tongue-Tied Students: Ankyloglossia in the Instrumental Classroom
Dovel, Jason
Music Educators Journal, v96 n4 p49-52 2010
Ankyloglossia is a significant medical condition that has not been adequately addressed in music education literature. While practically every instructor will have students who struggle with ankyloglossia, many teachers are entirely unaware of this condition's various symptoms and treatments. Ankyloglossia, more commonly known as tongue-tie, is a congenital oral anomaly in which the small fold of tissue that secures the tongue to the floor of the mouth is abnormally short and restricts the mobility of the tongue. Recent studies show that as much as 5 percent of the population suffers from tongue-tie. The condition disproportionately affects males, who account for as much as 86 percent of cases of tongue-tie. While medical journals cite a number of symptoms of tongue-tie, including difficulties with speech, intraoral hygiene, and infant breastfeeding, none addresses the management of this condition among musicians. The tongue plays an important role in the performance of wind instruments, and students with tongue-tie may encounter numerous difficulties as a result of their tongue's limited mobility. Because most music teachers will have students who struggle with tongue-tie, it is important that they understand how to assess and accommodate students who have this condition. This article offers some useful initial responses and suggestions for the classroom. (Contains 4 figures and 15 notes.)
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Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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