Sources Which Link Music and literacy

Sources Which Link Music and Literacy

Allen, G. (2011) Early Intervention: The Next Steps, HM Government

Anvari, S. H., Trainor, L. J., Woodside, J., & Levy, B. A. (2002) Relations between musical skills, phonological processing and early reading ability in pre-school students. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 83: 2, 111-130.

Balkin, A. (1999) Music and Literacy: A partnership.  Massachusetts Music News.

Bradley, K. S. & Bradley J. (1999) Developing reading and writing through music.  (ERIC document reproduction service No. ED429710)

Brown, S. Martinez, M., and Parsons, L. (2006) Music and language side by side in the brain: a PET study of the generation of melodies and sentences. European Journal of Neuroscience, 23: 2791-2803.

Bolduc, J. (2008) The Effects of Music Instruction on Emergent Literacy Capacities among Preschool Children: A Literature Review Early Childhood Research & Practice, (ECRP) 10 (1) Available at

Chang, C. (2000) Relationship between music learning and language reading? Review of literature.  (ERIC document reproduction service No ED418404)

D’Agrosa, E. (2008) Making Music, Reaching Readers  Making Powerful Connections Possible for Young Students, General Music Today,  Winter, 21(2): 11-17.

Darrow, A. (2008) Music and Literacy, General Music Today, Winter 2008 21(2): 32-34.

Department for Children, Schools and Families, (2008) Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, Crown Copyright.

Department for Education (2011) The Importance of Phonics: Securing Confident Reading, Evidence Paper, Crown Copyright.

Department for Education (2012b) Statutory Programme of Study for Key Stage 1 and 2 Music, Crown Copyright  Available at

Department for Education (2012c) Statutory Programme of Study for Key Stage 1 and 2 English,   Crown Copyright  Available at

Department for Education, (2012a) Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012 Crown Copyright

Douglas, S. and Willatts, P. (1994) ‘The Relationship between musical ability and literacy skills’, Journal of Research in Reading, 17 (2):  99-107.

Early Education (2012) Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Crown Copyright

Eliot, L. (2000) What’s Going On In There?  How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life, USA and Canada: Bantam Books

Fisher, D. & McDonald, N. (2001) The intersectin between music and early literacy instruction: Listening to literacy!  Reading Improvement 38: 3, 106-115

Fisher, D. & McDonald, N., & Strickland, J. (2001) Early literacy development:  A sound practice.  General Music Today 14: 3, 15-20

Gardner, H. (1985) Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, New York: Basic Books

Goswami, U.  (1997) ‘A reason for rhyme’, Times Educational Supplement, 21 March, p12.

Hansen, D. & Bernstorf, E. (2002) Linking music learning to reading instruction.  Music Educators Journal 88:5, 17-21

Hansen, D., Bernstorf, E. & Stuber, G. M. (2004) The music and literacy connection. Rowman & Littlefield Education

Homan, S. P., Biggs, M. C. and Dedrick, R. (2005) Does Singing Improve Reading Skills? Using unique “learn-to-sing” software with struggling middle school readers.  Research Abstract, November, Tampa, Fl: University of South Florida.

Jalongo, M. R. & Ribblett, D. M. (1997) Using song picture books to support emergent literacy.  Childhood Education 74: 1, 15-22

Jordan-DeCarbo, J. (2006) J. Research Review: Can a Systematic and Age-Appropriate Music Curriculum Raise Test Scores for Preschool Children? Perspectives Journal of the early childhood music and movement association, 1(4).


Kay, A. M. (1997) Sound Before Symbol, MA Dissertation, University of East Anglia

Kolb, G. R. (1996) Read with a beat: Developing literacy through music and song.  Reading Teacher 50: 1, 76-77

Kozminsky, L. and Kozminsky, E. (1995) The Effects of Early Phonological Awareness Training on Reading Success, Learning and Instruction, 5(3):  187-201.

Kjaer, K. (1993) A Development Programme based on Musical Stimulation  — Target Group 6 months to 3 years,  Seminar paper PRESMA Newsletter, No 30.

Langfit, D. (1994) Integrating music, reading and writing at the primary level.  Reading Teacher 47: 5, 430-431

Loewy. J. (2004) Integrating Music, Language and the Voice in Music Therapy, Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 4(1)

Logan, B., Lazarev, M. and Hepper, P. (1995) ‘Brave New Babies’, Equinox, Television Channel Four. Babyplus

Longfellow H. W. (1835) Outre-Mer: A Pilgrimage Beyond the Sea, Volume 2, New York: Harper & Brothers.

Lonie, D. (2010) Early Years Evidence Review, Assessing the Outcomes of Early Years Music Making, London: Youth Music  Available at

Mahler, M. S. (1963) Thoughts about development and individualisation, Psychoanalytic study of the Child. 18:307–324

Masterson, K. (2000) With A Simple Tune, Students Improve In School, Available at

McMahon, O.  (1979) The relationship of music discrimination training to reading and associated auditory skills, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 59: 68-72, University of Illinois Press.

McMullen, E. and Saffran, J. R. (2004) Music and Language: A Developmental Comparison, Music Perception, 21(3):  289-311.

Meek, M. (1982) Learning to Read, London:  The Bodley Head Ltd.

Mizener, C. P.  (2008)  Enhancing Language Skills Through Music, General Music Today, Winter 2008 21(2): 32-34.

Montessori, M. (1956) Man’s Spiritual Expressions: Language and Music, Available at

Moyeda, I. X. G., Gómez, I, C. and Flores, M. T. P. (2006) Implementing a musical program to promote preschool children’s vocabulary development. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 8(1), Available at

Norman, J. (2011) Sing up and Break the Silence, The Sunday Times, 10 July.

Patel, A. (2007) Music, Language and the Brain, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Register, D.   (2001) The Effects of an Early Intervention Music Curriculum on Prereading/Writing, Journal of Music Therapy, XXXV111 (3) 239-248.

Renegar, S. L. (1986) Reading and music: Take note.  (ERIC document reproduction service No. 315735)

Ridout, S. R. (1990) Harmony in the classroom: using songs to teach reading and writing.  (ERIC document reproduction service No. ED324637)

Routier, W. J. (2003) Read me a song: Teaching reading using picture song books (ERIC document reproduction service No. ED479645)

Smith, J. A. (2000) Singing and songwriting support early literacy instruction.  Reading Teacher, 53: 8, 646-649

Sammler, D. (2010) The Relationship of Lyrics and Tunes in the Processing of Unfamiliar Songs: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Adaptation Study, Journal of Neuroscience, 30(10): 3572-3578.

Savan, A. (1999) The Effect of Background Music Upon Learning, Psychology of Music, October 1999, 7(2): 138-146.

Seidler, D. (2010) The King’s Speech, Momentum Pictures

Smith, F. (1978) Understanding Reading – A Psycholinguistic analysis of reading and learning to read, London:  Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

Smith, R. (2012) Sound of Silence, Daily Mirror, 9 March, p 27.

Standley, J. M. and Hughes, J. E. (1997) Evaluation of an early intervention music curriculum for enhancing pre-reading/ writing skills. Music Therapy Perspectives 15 79-85.

Stansell, J. W. (2005) ‘The Use of music for learning languages: A review of the Literature’

Taylor, H. and Clark, J. (2007) Turning their ears on … keeping their ears open.  London: Youth Music.

Torgerson, C. J., Brooks, G. and Hall, J.  (2006) A systematic review of the research literature on the use of phonics in the teaching of reading and spelling, DFES Research Report RR711.

Van Der Gaag, A. (1999) The Early Communication Audit Manual:A Talking Toolkit, London:Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Welch, G., Saunders, J., Hobsbaum, A., and Himonides, E. (2011) A Research Evaluation of the New London Orchestra ‘Literacy Through Music’ Programme, London: International Music Education Research Centre (imerc), Institute of Education, University of London.

Wiggins, D. G. (2007)   Pre-K Music and the Emergent Reader: Promoting Literacy in a Music-Enhanced Environment, Early Childhood Education Journal, 35(1): 55-64.

Winkler, I. & Haden, G. & Ladinig, O. & Sziller, I. & Honing, H. (2009) Newborn Infants Detect the beat in music, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,