Raising Literacy Levels: Bringing Music Back to Every School

Music has the power to change the lives of students.

CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA, USA, Sept. 24, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to reading researcher Matthew Glavach Ph.D., author of Phonics Songs plus with songs by Donny and Marie Osmond, one of the reasons for why reading scores are so low is that we are missing a fundamental step in teaching reading, and that is not phonics. The science of reading points in the direction of phonics, and it works well for many, but not all. Phonics is primarily based on a learning style, a style that many children may not be ready for or respond to. Children, especially children from disadvantaged or disadvantaged backgrounds, have been found to have underdeveloped or delayed language development and poor auditory discrimination for sounds. Distinguishing sounds is fundamental to learning to read.

Music with lyrics helps develop phonics and reading skills. The rhythm of the songs is slower than that of speech and there is more separation of sounds. This helps children develop letter sounds and improves auditory discrimination of sounds. The melody of songs can help develop fluent reading skills. And song lyrics help with language development.

Listening, playing, reading and creating music involves almost every part of the brain. If one path is weak, music can help open others. With practice, songs build stronger connections between the right and left sides of the brain and can lead many to read. Learning to read takes attention, commitment and repetition, it’s all part of singing.

Music researcher, Anita Collins, Ph.D., has done extensive research on music and believes that music has the power to change the lives of students. It shows schools how to implement music research findings in the classroom.
The PHONICS SONGS author’s curriculum plus for grades one and two is based on original instructional song lyrics written by the author with music and songs by Donny and Marie Osmond. PHONICS SONGS plus has important phonics skills built into each song and hundreds of high-frequency reading words (sight words) appropriate for first and second graders.

The difficulty with using songs to teach reading is that children often memorize the songs and the words are in sequential memory. The author uses a finger-reading activity with each song that allows students to quickly identify words by putting the words in long-term memory and available for reading. One difficulty with songs on a computer screen is that many children cannot follow the bouncing ball. Children must point to each word.

PHONICS SONGS plus is for all students, including students with reading difficulties and English as a second language. The program is easy to use by parents and teachers and for those of us who go back a few years, Donny and Marie bring back fond memories. The program, a CD and a reading activity book, is available on the author’s website: StrugglingReaders.com. and Amazon.

Matthew Glavach
Glavach & Associates, StrugglingReaders.com
+1 707-894-5047
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Matthew Glavach
Glavach & Associates, StrugglingReaders.com
+1 707-894-5047
write to us here