This article is about the stuff of music – sound. Music learning assists in refining sound processing and is particularly important in the processing and engaging with language for children between 8-16 years of age.
“Children with hearing problems tend to do less well than their peers in terms of language development and academic performance. Detecting even mild degrees of hearing impairment earlier could lead to earlier intervention that would limit these brain changes, and improve children’s chances of developing normal language.”
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What is most interesting about this is that sound processing issues are often easier to identify in music class, as music teachers are constantly asking their students to process the differences between sounds. Think about how helpful music teachers could be to all teachers when it comes to a student with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.