Language Learning and Musical Activities (LLAMA)

JUST CONFIRMED: Our next workshop is running in London
on Saturday, 1st February, 2020.
Find more information and a booking form here.

Use musical activities to unlock the learning potential of all your students. 

first slide of a video showing a book cover Watch a short video here to get a taste of LLAMA.

cover of LLAMA activity book

LLAMA offers:

  •  activities based on a growing body of research evidence
  •  engaging musical resources that can be used again and again
  •  materials that can be customised to suit any group of students
  •  suggestions for differentiation within each activity
  •  all the resources and explanations needed, so teachers don’t need to be musicians to use the activities
  •  a starting point to raise awareness of specific aspects of language, and encourage future practice

Listen to a sample of the activity ‘The Phoneme Song‘.

Literacy practices improve, and motivation increases as students experience success, while enjoying learning. Buy your copy here.

There are many similarities between language and music, and neural imaging has demonstrated that similar parts of the brain are activated by music and language. A growing body of research evidence indicates clear positive effects of musical activities in developing both our first language and additional languages, in both spoken and written forms.

Explicit training in perceiving rhythm helps to develop auditory timing (which supports rapid retrieval of verbal information) and phonological segmentation skills (which have a positive effect on developing reading skills). Singing has been demonstrated to be an effective method for teaching language, leading to greater retention of new phrases than just speaking, or even rhythmic speaking. The evidence suggests that there are particular benefits for neurodiverse learners (i.e. those with dyslexia and other specific learning differences).

Perhaps most importantly music is a powerful tool for motivating and engaging learners, as well as developing the self-esteem of less confident learners. Music can lift the mood of the learner/s, change the focus of a lesson, and can also be used to build greater group cohesion. This enables us to develop a collaborative learning environment that is supportive and inclusive.