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Sound Before Symbol

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This book demonstrates how musical activities can support the development of literacy skills for young children aged from birth to 8 years.

The relationship between music and literacy is investigated and through a wealth of ideas and resources, guidance is given on how to use music as a practical tool to develop skills vital to literacy.

As music is naturally inclusive, the activities are suitable for all children.

Each chapter includes activities to explore, and the book covers:

  •  the skills which may be elicited through music making
  •  the importance of sound discrimination to literacy
  •  the links between how the brain processes music and language
  • how to develop literacy skills through musical activities
  • ideas to support teaching through phonics

Written for teachers, practitioners, teaching assistants and childminders, as well as for anyone working with children in nursery and primary schools, children's centres and at home, this book is packed full of useful ideas. This resource provides you with the opportunity to develop children's literacy skills in an enjoyable and effective way.


  • Introduction
  • The Magic of Music
  • Investigating Literacy Development
  • Evidence of Analogies Between Music And Literacy
  • The Processing of Music and Language in the Brain
  • The Way Forward: Literacy through Music
  • Conclusion
  • Glossary


Maria Kay is a teacher and music and literacy specialist, currently developing and delivering literacy- through-music programmes.

Author: Maria Kay  Pub 2013  (UK)   Pb large format  98 pages

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