Music is a natural vehicle for language acquisition. It’s easy to remember new words when they’re set to music and paired in rhymes. And studies show that music education has a profound impact on phonemic awareness (the ability to recognize and distinguish between phonemes, the smallest units of sound in oral language), and on phonological awareness (a more general skill that involves the ability to recognize and manipulate all the structural units of oral language—sounds, words, syllables, etc.). Both phonemic and phonological awareness are absolutely vital to reading.
Kindermusik classes are chock full of language learning. Silly rhymes and catchy songs offer opportunities for vocal development, phonemic awareness, and vocabulary building, and storytime strengthens pre-reading skills such as print awareness and auditory discrimination. Through musical activities and interactions with their teacher and peers, children also develop conversation skills and the ability to speak rhythmically and expressively. And, results from a recent independent research study showed that preschoolers who participated in the Kindermusik curriculum for as little as 30 minutes each week showed a 32% greater gain in their phonological awareness than the control group.
The Multilingual Brain
Hello! Bonjour! Buenos días! Researchers often cite the power of music as a tool for teaching a second language. Music has been shown to help second language learners acquire vocabulary and grammar and develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.
All Kindermusik classes provide a fun, natural, and non-threatening way for non-native speakers to learn English through music and movement. Our ABC English & Me curriculum is designed to introduce English as a foreign language in international preschools and schools. We also offer supplementary support and materials for U.S.-based classes with students learning English as a second language. Our EFL and ESL offerings are rooted in research on second language acquisition and utilize methods such as repetition and Total Physical Response (TPR), a language teaching system based on the coordination of language and physical movement.