Does music increase a child’s verbal abilities?

Listening to music is a great activity!  It works best when music time is interactive.  Pair motions such as clapping and finger movements and simple sounds like wee and boom-boom when listening to music with your child.  Imitation of motions and simple sounds are the building blocks to learning to imitate more complex sounds and words.  Many times, a child’s early sounds and words are used in response to music with familiar, repetitive songs.  Music time is also great for learning turn-taking skills and it is fun!