Dr. Ellis has dedicated this book to parents, educators, professionals, and student parents. I acknowledge a debt of appreciation to my two coeds: my wife Irene and my son Tom.
They’ve worked hard with insight and painstaking diligence to bring this project to fruition. They’ve assigned the job of writing the Preface to me; their assistance was indispensable in ensuring that the book went smoothly. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Its message is simple yet profound. It points out that music and child development go hand in hand because music can facilitate and enhance the process of learning a new language.
Relationship Between Music And Language
What is the relationship between music and language? When we speak, our brain processes auditory information via the auditory system. The brain then sends signals from the ears to the brain, which organizes and interprets the words in the form of speech. The whole process of converting speech into language is called language processing. Music, just like all other sounds, can activate brain processes related to language processing.
Dr. Ellis maintains that music can help stimulate language processing in children beginning at birth through the preschool years. In her book, she emphasizes the music’s benefits for newborn babies and toddlers. It is a very special time for them because they are communicating for the first time. The sounds of music are calming, soothing, and exciting music for these youngsters. And the music will continue to be an important part of their daily interactions through the preschool years.
A Convincing Case
Dr. Ellis makes a convincing case for introducing music at an early age as an effective tool for educating young children. According to the experts, music can stimulate brain activity and improve focus and memory. This helps your baby and child develop cognitive skills, including attention, self-control, and self-awareness. In fact, the book maintains that music can serve as an excellent intervention for learning problems such as dyslexia, autism, and ADD/ADHD. And this is especially true for children who experience auditory dysfunctions or auditory dyslexia, according to experts.
Dr. Ellis’s research indicates that babies and toddlers who are introduced to music at a very early age have the best chance of developing language and cognitive development as compared to those who are not exposed to music. The reason is music activates brain cells responsible for language and cognitive development. In addition, it has been found that babies who are played music are able to pick up the language just as well as those who are not.
Interesting Exercises And Games
Dr. Ellis’s music and child development book also includes interesting exercises and games designed specifically for those parents interested in using music to enhance the reading and speaking skills of their child. One such game is aptly named “Babble”, which is quite challenging. To play this game, you need to first feed the baby with milk in order to make him sleepy.
Then place a few bubbles around him. Then tell him to look at the bubbles with his eyes closed while you slowly rub his head. Once he is looking at the bubbles, tell him to say the word for which he is looking, which you have already taught him using the bubbles game.
Reading and talking are important for children to grow up into well-balanced and successful adults. According to the experts, music can play an important role in enhancing the process of child development from birth right on through adolescence and adulthood. Music can help children better understand the language by creating a link between the two. In fact, the book maintains that music is an ideal language builder as it creates a link between the phonemic awareness of words and the tonal qualities of the music.