Can I vent?
An article came out in Science Daily on April 10th. The article, titled "Music Therapy Fails Dyslexia: No Link Between Dyslexia and Musical Ability, Study Finds," made the following claims:
Before I share my rebuttal (and tear down their claims bit-by-bit), a disclaimer: I have not been able to read the actual article. Therefore, I do not know whether these misstatements are those of the researchers or those of the writer.
Be that as it may, time to present my argument:
I'm an optimistic person and I fully believe that the researchers meant well. They are trying to find ways to help people with dyslexia and they wanted to see whether, in fact, music could help.
But to make the inaccurate generalizations that they did? That's not okay.
A big THANK YOU to music therapist Kat Fulton and music neuroscientist Ani Patel for sharing their insights and information for this article.
Follow me on Twitter @KimberlySMoore for daily updates on the latest research and articles related to music, music therapy, and music and the brain. I invite you also to check out my website, www.MusicTherapyMaven.com, for additional information, resources, and strategies.
Goswami, U. (2009). Mind, brain, and literacy: Biomarkers as usable knowledge for
education. Mind, Brain, and Education, 3, 176-184.
Levitin, D. (2006). This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession. New York: Penguin Group, Inc.