Dua Lipa and Lizzo could help you correct your speech impediments. At least that's the goal of Warner Music. The music giant recently launched "saylists," playlists for young people with speech and sound disorders. But what exactly are they?
It is said that music helps us relax and brings us comfort. It is said to soothe pain, help pregnant women give birth, and relieve tension. While music is said to have many virtues, Warner Music is now looking to use it to help young people with speech impediments.
The American group recently partnered with Apple Music to create "saylists" , music playlists aimed at people who have trouble pronouncing consonants like "ch", "t", "l" or "f". They contain popular songs such as "Don't Start Now" by Dua Lipa, "Don't Phunk With My Heart" by the Black Eyed Peas, "Dance Monkey" by Tones and I, or "Road Trippin'" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. To create these "saylists," an algorithm analyzed Apple Music's catalog of more than 70 million songs to select the ones that most often repeat difficult sounds.
""Helping people express themselves is at the heart of what we do - and we hope that by creating a therapeutic tool that's as engaging and accessible as saylists, we can help anyone who's struggling with their speech," Tony Harlow, chief executive of Warner Music, told BBC News.
70 million people suffer from stuttering
Although the idea of creating "saylists" may be surprising, it is far from being just for a very small niche. According to the American association The Stuttering Foundation, more than 70 million people in the world stutter. That is 1% of the population. However, the phenomenon is more pronounced in children, since 5% of them go through a period of stuttering that lasts six months or more.
While three quarters of children outgrow these speech problems as they enter adolescence, 1% continue to suffer from them. But music could help them improve their pronunciation, especially when they are small. A German study of children with delayed language development showed that they benefited from music therapy and showed "clinically significant changes."