New scientific research at the University College London Ear Institute gives us even more evidence that singing isn't only fun - it's good for us too!
In a study lasting only 20 weeks, researchers found that children with hearing impairments showed improvement purely through singing for an hour a week alongside people with normal hearing.
UCL academic Dr Deborah Vickers said, "We are really excited by our preliminary findings, which show improvements that might not have been thought possible."
Importantly for parents of babies and very young children, Dr Vickers added, "It's really important to use singing with babies and infants to enhance speech and language development."
And for all parents, the fact that singing trains our 'pitch perception' is important when it comes to learning to read: "There is evidence that pitch perception in children is associated with reading ability, so by improving pitch perception we should in turn improve reading abilities as well."
In Musical Steps classes we see and hear the benefits of singing all the time, but it's great to find that academic research continues to back this up.
You can read more about the UCL research here: An Hour of Song
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