Thursday, April 3, 2014

Music and Language Milestones

Little Listener, 4 year old Eleisa sings and plays the piano. 
Do you agree she deserves and ice cream cone?


Developed for FIRST YEARS -
Music and Language Milestones*
Adapted from: Barton, C. (April 2010). Spoken Language, and Children with Hearing Loss: 
Part 1. Retrieved from Speech - <part 1, approved for ASHA 

1 Tonal center is the "home key." When a child has a sense of tonal center, they can sing a song all the way through in
the same key.
* Music milestones adapted from Campbell & Scott-Kassner (1995), Gordon (2003), McDonald (1979), MENC (2010),
Moog (1976), and Schwartz (2008).
Language milestones adapted from ASHA (2009), CDC (2009), FIRST YEARS (2009), NIDCD (2001), and Sindrey, (1997).
  •   American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2009). How does your child hear and talk? Retrieved from
  •   Campbell, P.S. & Scott-Kassner, C. (1995). Music in childhood: From preschool through elementary grades. New York: Schirmer Books
  •   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2009). Developmental milestones. Retrieved from
  •   FIRST YEARS. (2009). Developmental Milestones, Birth to 8 Years. Retrieved 3/28/11 from
  •   Gordon, E. (2003). A music learning theory for newborn and young children. Chicago: GIA Publications.
  •   McDonald, D.T. (1979). Music in our lives: The early years. Washington, DC: NAEYC.
  •   MENC. (2010) Performance Standards for Music: Pre-kindergarten (Ages 2-4). Retrieved on January 25, 2010 from
  •   Moog, H. (1976). The musical experience of the pre-school child. London: B. Schott.
  •   National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). (2001). Speech and language
    developmental milestones. Retrieved from
  •   Schwartz, E. (2008). Music, therapy, and early childhood: A developmental approach. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona
  •   Sindrey, D. (1997). Listening games for Littles. London, Ontario: Wordplay Publications. 

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