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Scholarly Undergraduate Research Journal at Clark

Faculty Mentor Contact Information

Elena Zaretsky

Faculty Mentor Email

ezaretsky@clarku.edu

Abstract

Is there a relationship between music and knowledge? If there is evidence that music is influential for processing complex cognitive information, it is reasonable to consider that if children are exposed to music early, it will help them develop literary skills. In the last decade, researchers have paid more attention to possible relationships between musical-rhythmical skills and reading acquisition. Our study chose to focus on the relationship between music and literacy development in preschool children. We hypothesized that since both music and reading involve the sequential processing of units of information, there must be a positive correlation between musical-rhythmical skills and preliteracy skills.

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