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Relation between music abilities and phonological awareness in 4- to 6-year-old children

Katarina Kavčič (2020) Relation between music abilities and phonological awareness in 4- to 6-year-old children. MSc thesis.

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    Phonological awareness plays a very important role in early literacy in the preschool period. Therefore, the lack of phonological abilities could cause serious problems for the children later. Researches confirmed a positive relation between phonological awareness and musical abilities, especially in the field of auditory processing mechanisms they both share. Music perception as well as phonological awareness are based on auditory perception and manipulation of auditory stimuli. Both encompass segmentation of speech and music elements into smaller units. They also share temporal and spectral parameters of sound and some of the neuroanatomical areas. Shared perceptual characteristics of music and language enable us to use one domain to affect the other, especially in preschool children. With musical developmental training it is easier for children to focus on different auditory stimuli and structure of language, helping them to improve auditory perception as well as metacognitive and metalingual skills. Theoretical part of the thesis aims to present the knowledge of common characteristics of elements that music and language share and that make the connections between them possible. The empirical part is researching the connection between the developmental level of musical abilities (perception of rhythm and melody) and the developmental stage of phonological awareness in relation to creativity in musical and linguistic fields of preschool children. Positive results of this research may form the basis for planning musical activities, which would improve phonological awareness in preschool children, thereby simplifying the literacy process and adding a new perspective and developmental basis. Relations in the field of creativity, however, bring a new dimension to the integration of creative thinking, which could trigger an emergence of new tools for developing language domain.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: preschool, auditory processing, phonological awareness, musical ability, creativity
    Number of Pages: 81
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. Brina Jež BrezavščekMentor
    doc. dr. Sašo ŽivanovićComentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/21724931
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 6294
    Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2020 08:44
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 08:44
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/6294

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