Speech Motor

Rhythmic structure helps with coordination of the articulatory muscles 

Rhythm organizes breathing patterns and cues the motor function

Music can help with: Speech Production

Singing and playing wind instruments provides proper oral movement and breath control functions

Word production rate is slower in singing than in spoken language

Rhythm in singing acts as a timekeeper for motor control and execution

Rhythmic and melodic speech inflections are more pronounced in singing

Rhythmic stimulation stabilizes fluency of speaking and optimizes coordination of breath

Singing is used to bring attention to and the functional use of lips, tongue, jaw, and teeth