Mu­sic play­school en­hances chil­dren's lin­guistic skills

June 12, 2018, University of Helsinki
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According to the research conducted at the University of Helsinki, weekly music playschool significantly improved the development of children's vocabulary skills. Several studies have suggested that intensive musical training enhances children's linguistic skills. Such training, however, is not available to all children.

Researchers at Cognitive Brain Research Unit in the University of Helsinki studied in a community setting whether a low-cost, weekly playschool provided to 5–6-year-old children in kindergartens affects their linguistic abilities. The children (N=66) were tested four times over two school-years with phoneme processing and vocabulary subtests, along with tests for perceptual reasoning skills and .

According to the results, published in Scientific Reports, music playschool significantly improved the development of children's phoneme processing and vocabulary skills, compared to their peers either attending to similarly organized dance lessons or not attending to either activity.

"Our data suggest that even playful group music activities – if attended to for several years – have a positive effect on preschoolers' ," says the first author of the research, Tanja Linnavalli.   "Therefore, we promote the concept of implementing regular music playschool lessons given by professional teachers in ."

Explore further: Music lessons improve children's cognitive skills and academic performance: study

More information: Tanja Linnavalli et al, Music playschool enhances children's linguistic skills, Scientific Reports (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-27126-5

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