A Case Study of the Impact of Musical Pattern Rehearsal on the Acquisition of Oral and Written Language Skills in a Young Child with Learning Differences

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Christian Perspectives in Education, Vol: 1, Issue: 1, Page: 2

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Carwile, Rebecca F.
literacy; early childhood; preschool
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The study explores the relationship between learning musical patterns and learning language patterns. A case study of a male diagnosed with learning differences in generative writing and graphic processing indicates a positive relationship between the neurological patterning of rehearsed musical patterns and the acquisition of oral and written language skills. The anecdotal study tracks the development of literacy from the initial identification of dysfunctional patterns of performance at age three through the acquisition of oral language and the mastery of basic reading skills in the primary years. Analysis of the case study supports the need for musical training in the preschool setting as a foundational component of early literacy programs.