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Sound before symbol: developing literacy through music

Sound before symbol: developing literacy through music

Kay, Maria, author

This title 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

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Los Angeles, California: SAGE, 2013
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Statement of responsibility: Maria Kay
ISBN: 1446252477, 9781446252475
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: "A Lucky Duck book."
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 98 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 30 cm
Subject: Literacy Study and teaching (Elementary); Education.; Literacy; Music education; Music in education.


  1. Introduction
  2. The Magic of Music
  3. Investigating Literacy Development
  4. Evidence of Analogies between Music and Literacy
  5. The Processing of Music and Language in the Brain
  6. The Way Forward: Literacy through Music
  7. Conclusion
  8. Glossary
  9. References
  10. Index


'This book is very well researched and beautifully written. The excellence and explicitness of the language will appeal to other researchers who are interested in this subject. For all teachers involved with young children, there is a wealth of evidence to support the theories and precepts, together with suggested activities, ideas, tips and examples which will, doubtless, assist and enhance their teaching skills.

Sound Before Symbol is also exceedingly well-explained and will appeal also to mothers and those caring for young children, as there is much to be learned from its pages.

As a student myself it provides an invaluable resource to support my BA in Social Education. The argument for using music to promote literacy is so compelling that I have decided to pursue this topic myself for my research project "
- Katrine

"I think this book is brilliant. Very easy to read and understand. I found the information well presented and informative. The author has given us tools that support not only language development, but also the social and creative well being for our literate adults of tomorrow "
- Jilly

'This is an interesting and useful book which makes an important contribution to our understanding of early learning and literacy'
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