Classroom rhythm games for literacy support

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It is increasing recognised that engagement with music can support the acquisition of language skills. This chapter describes a collection of musical games designed specifically for children with dyslexia and aimed at phonological development. The activities focus on auditory and motor timing skills and are intended for small groups of children, but can be developed and adapted for other circumstances as appropriate. In a small-scale research study, the games were found to lead to improvements in rhythm skills, phonological skills and spelling skills.  
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMusic and Dyslexia
Subtitle of host publicationA Positive Approach
EditorsJ Westcombe, T Miles, D Ditchfield
Place of PublicationChichester
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780470065570
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2008

Publication series

NameMusic & Dyslexia: Opening New Doors


  • Classroom rhythm games for literacy support
  • Dyslexia and timing
  • Earwiggo-collection of booklets of songs and musical games
  • Education Through Music (ETM)
  • Engagement with music and acquisition of language skills
  • Growing with music
  • Music and language-different kinds of human communication
  • Musical activities programme for dyslexic children
  • Selected approaches to music education


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