The Rhythm of Reading

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    New research shows that reading and rhythm have a common foundation in the auditory system and that musical training may be beneficial in learning to read.

     A new study out of Northwestern University says that rhythm and reading go hand in hand.  In an experiment involving beat-keeping and looking at EEG recordings of brainwaves of a group of teens, the research team found that those who weremore accurate at “keeping the beat” showed a better brain response to language.  They said this is because reading and beat keeping likely have a common foundation in the auditory system. Researchers also said that musical training could be a great exercise to improve reading skills since exercising the auditory system can lead to strong sound-to-meaning associations that are essential to learning to read. Rhythm is an integral part of both music andlanguage. So keep music in schools! See everything in life comes together.