Putting Language and Articulation Therapy to Music

February 23, 2014 | By jmitchell | Filed in: Articulation, Language.

singIt is amazing how we remember words more easily when they are put to music. Even older adults can remember the sing-song of nursery rhymes even after not hearing them for years. In most individuals, the music center of the brain is in the right hemisphere while the language center is in the left hemisphere. Maybe this has something to do with it. Many classroom teachers use music to teach the alphabet, numbers, and more.

  • Body parts – Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes (my favorite)
  • Put new words to old tunes. Use the tune of Wheels on the Bus.

The cow on the farm goes moo, moo, moo. Moo, moo, moo. Moo, moo, moo. The cow on the farm goes moo, moo, moo. All day long. (Repeat with other animals.) The monkey in the jungle goes chitter, chitter, chatter.

  • Colors – To the tune of Mary had a Red Dress.

(Susie) has a red leaf, a red leaf, a red leaf. (Susie) has a red leaf, she puts it on the tree (or under the tree). Make props and use velcro.  (Use words that target your objective such as blue balloon, little (big) shirt.)

  • Articulation sounds – To the tune of Wheels on the Bus.

I practice my sound saying, /k/, /k/, /k/. /k/, /k/, /k/. /k/, /k/, /k/. I practice my sound saying /k/, /k/, /k/. Everyday.

You can substitute other target sounds. Another, to the tune of Mary had a Little Lamb. My new sound is /g/, /g/, /g/. /g/, /g/, /g/. /g/, /g/, /g/. My new sound is /g/, /g/, /g/ and I can say it well.

  • Articulation syllables and words – To the tune of Old McDonald.

Old McDonald had a sound, see si see si so. And with this sound he had some words, see si see si so. With a saddle here and a seahorse there. Here we sing, there a song. Everywhere the sound /s/. Old McDonald had a sound, see, si, see, si so. (You can substitute other target sounds, syllables and words.)


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