Arts-Based Learning

Closing the Literacy Gap with Early Years Music

Auditory skills are crucial to the development of literacy in young children. Sue Newman shows how a new training programme is showing parents and teachers how to bring music to every day activities for vulnerable young people.

The latest neuroscience research is revealing the power of early years music making to strengthen children’s auditory processing system which in turn strengthens foundations for literacy. Could training for practitioners and parents of children in early years contribute to closing the school-ready literacy gap? Let’s consider the evidence.

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