The relationship between musical ability and literacy skills

Sheila Douglas, Peter Willatts

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    Abstract

    Research has shown that a relationship exists between phonological awareness and literary skills. It has been suggested that a structured programme of musical activities can be used to help children develop a multi‐sensory awareness and response to sounds. The relationship between musical ability and literacy skills was examined in a study that showed an association between rhythmic ability and reading. A further pilot intervention study showed that training in musical skills is a valuable additional strategy for assisting children with reading difficulties.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)99-107
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Research in Reading
    Volume17
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 1994

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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