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May 7 2014

Music Helps Kids Read


She probably didn't realize it, but your preschool teacher very likely provided your first reading lesson when she cranked up “Yellow Submarine” and handed you a noisemaker. Today a symphony of research trumpets the many links among language, reading and music, including several that reveal a connection between rhythm and reading skills. Nina Kraus of Northwestern University has discovered a possible explanation: the brains of good beat keepers respond to speech more consistently than the brains of people whose toes do not tap in time.

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