Music and Dyslexia: A Positive Approach

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 14, 2008 - Education - 176 pages
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Music and dyslexia is of particular interest for two reasons. Firstly, research suggests that music education can benefit young dyslexics as it helps them focus on auditory and motor timing skills and highlights the rhythms of language. Secondly, dyslexic musicians at a more advanced level face particular challenges such as sight-reading, written requirements of music examinations and extreme performance nerves.

This is a sequel to the highly successful Music and Dyslexia: Opening New Doors, published in 2001.   The field of dyslexia has developed rapidly, particularly in the area of neuropsychology. Therefore this book focuses on these research advances, and draws out the aspects of music education that benefit young dyslexics. The contributors also discuss the problems that dyslexic musicians face, and several chapters are devoted to sight-reading and specific strategies that dyslexics can use to help them sight-read.  

The book offers practical techniques and strategies, to teachers and parents to help them work with young dyslexics and dyslexic musicians.


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Dyslexia and other developmental differences
Things that can go wrong Tim Miles
Christine McRitchie Pratt
Classroom rhythm games for literacy support
Deirdre starts to learn piano
Winning over the reluctants Christine McRitchie
The paperwork Diana Ditchfield
Sightreading Sheila Oglethorpe
Strategies and successes
Similarities and differences in the dyslexic voice
Thirtyseven oboists Carolyn King
Suzuki benefits for children with dyslexia
no problem Diana Ditchfield
Insights from brain imaging Katie Overy
a cognitive

Sightreading and memory Michael Lea
Ten top tips and thoughts Nigel Clarke

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Tim Miles, OBE, MA, PhD, CPsychol., FBPS, was the first professor of Psychology at the University of Wales, Bangor, serving from 1963 to 1987, and is now professor Emeritus. He has published widely both on dyslexia and other topics. he is an amateur cellist.

John Westcombe taught music in Inner London before taking advisory and music direction posts in three large LEAs. More recently, consultancy work has been done for Trinity college of Music and Youth Music. Current interests include concert reviewing and Chairing the British Dyslexia Association Music Committee. Heinemann published his careers in Music (1997).

Diana Ditchfield Studied piano performance at the royal Irish Academy of Music, before taking degrees in Education and trading in secondary school in the United Kingdom. Her interest in dyslexia started in the 1980s. She teaches piano at the Municipal School of Music in Limerick and is a Learning Support Tutor in Disability Services at University Level.

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