I have just finished researching Music as it relates to Speech Development. It is fascinating! Based on research, speech is mainly in the left hemisphere of the brain whereas most music stems from the right hemisphere of the brain. That being said, when children sing simple songs, they utilize a different part of their brain than typical speech. There have been studies that show how children as well as adults who sing songs can jumpstart their speech.
What type of songs are best?
Slow & Simple! Those are the 2 words you need to remember.
When you have your child listen and sing a song, is it slow? is it simple? It should have one voice clearly singing the melody of a song without all the bells and whistles in the background. Most children's songs are sung way to fast for speech development.
We have compiled a 'Favorite Children's Song' CD that targets 20 children's songs. The songs are sung with one voice and one instrument (piano or guitar). They are at a speed where children should clearly hear the words and be able to sing-a-long. You can also visit our website where we have listed the 20 songs. They review all the basic sounds with that a child needs to know before the age of 8 years. You can also sing them yourself. We have provided a list of the songs for your benefit.
Note: It's also important to make sure the songs are sung in the proper range. Children typical sing with the D(above middle C) up to A.