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Build Reading and Writing Skills with Music

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Thanks, Jim, for your kind comment. It is very much appreciated.

Yes, music enhances many things, especially art/drawing lessons. It works well with kids, but I have also found that music motivates writing from the inside out or intrinsically. The skills learned in the "Music Writing" project, such as visualization, reflection, contemplation, and recall, all transfer over to the reading process. Structures or frameworks such as the inner eye, voice, ear, and an imaginary TV screen in the mind all connect with the reading process, which help kids improve their ability to read as well as grow a passion for reading. Music is played mainly during the Music Writing/Contemplation sessions, and not so much in my reading lessons. Although, I see no reason why you can't play music while students are visualizing the words, phrases, and sentences from the exercises in the article. I know my daughter always played music while doing homework and she said it really helped her with it.

As for the most popular songs list, I will give you the sounds played way back in 1983 and 1984: "Thriller" and "Beat It" by Michael Jackson; "Rocket" by Herbie Hancock; "Girls Want to Have Fun" by Cindy Lauper; "Rock Down Electric Avenue" by Eddie Grant; "Micky" by the Go-Gos; "The Radio" by Donna Summer; "Do I Do" by Stevie Wonder; "Every Breath You Take" by The Police; "Sweet Dreams" by The Eurhythmics; "I've Seen the Light" by Kool 'n The Gang; "A Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler; "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" by Boy George; and, "Rocking on the Radio" by Crash Crew.

One of the songs the kids loved was the hit by Peaches and Herb titled "Reunited." When I played it, the entire class would sing along together, just contemplating the lyrics and letting the words transport them to a peaceful, relaxed state of mind. Best, Jeffrey Pflaum

Very interesting, I thought

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Very interesting, I thought listening to music could improve skills to draw, but never considered it as a tool for improving of reading and writing abilities. By the way, what are the most popular songs so far? Thank you for another wonderful article.
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