LEARNING TO READ VIA MUSICAL INNOVATIVE TOOL INTEGRATED COMPUTER PROGRAM INFLUENCES LEARNING AND READING READINESS AND CLOSING GAPS TOWARDS SCHOOLING

T.M.N. (Toy Musical Notes) is an innovative musical method involving reading and playing music with
a computer program, to develop reading and musical readiness. The explicitly taught reading specific
language components are inadequate. T.M.N. completes the general components that implicitly
underlie alphabetical languages.
The 108 pre-school children in the experiment group studied T.M.N. while the 25 in the control group
studied a non-musical program. The experiment group built “first reading” schemata through explicit
general reading components using the T.M.N. notation system: memory aids, a few easily identified
signs, logical hierarchies, computer-games, promoting creativity through developing reading skills.
The experiment group had significantly higher results in musical and text reading abilities than the
control group. The weaker half of the experimental group advanced significantly more in reading and
musical abilities than the stronger half. The gap between the halves has been closed within eight
months, and the benefits of learning music prior to text reading became evident.

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