Did you know that music, even non-verbal music, is important for hearing? It’s true! According to Dr. Nina Kraus, a professor at Northwestern School of Communication, musicians are better listeners than non-musicians in how they process sound—for example, how to listen in noisy conditions, a skill children with hearing loss often struggle to improve. Speech and music both share similar patterns as well—rhythm, pitch, timbre, and a basis in music theory can be a good foundation to gains in speech development.
This is why St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf developed AudiTunes in partnership with internationally renowned speech-language pathologist and certified auditory verbal therapist Amy McConkey Robbins and music therapist Chris Barton, M.M. AudiTunes is an excellent resource for families and professionals caring for children with hearing loss who are using a listening and spoken language (LSL) approach.
In addition to the introduction, there are 10 AudiTunes video segments. Included in each segment is a video featuring Mrs. McConkey Robbins, video clips of children modeling their music experiences, songs from Ms. Barton, and additional supplementary materials.
AudiTunes is possible thanks to the generosity of the Robert and Toni Bader Foundation.
Interested in more? Click Here for all 10 lessons, transcripts, and supplemental materials on our AudiTunes website!