Does musical dyslexia exist?

A recent article explored whether or not there is such a thing as “musical dyslexia“.


After all, musical notation is a type of language, and some people do struggle to learn it. A neuroscientist has proposed the name “dymusia”.

It has never been proven, but research is being done to pinpoint what is happening in the brain when musicians suffer brain damage and lose their ability to read music.

Reading music, unlike reading text, is not a phonological process, so it has different neurological roots of difficulty. We’ve found 8 main causes of reading difficulty that underlie most dyslexia diagnoses.

Have you ever tried to learn musical notation? Did you find it hard or easy?

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Literacy Specialist for the Easyread System, an online program for children struggling with reading, spelling, dyslexia and more. Get a free trial at


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He’ll now sit down to read on his own!

Hello Easyread Friends,

It has been a little more than a year since Jaylen completed the course and we wanted to give you a status update. It took a little longer than we anticipated, but we finally did get “reading lift off” I think you call it. Jaylen loves to read now, and is currently reading above his grade level!! He will grab a book and sit down to read silently or aloud at home and we are so happy. He loves to read and is even volunteering to read aloud in class(something he would never have done in the past). We wanted to say thank you for a job well done. I don’t think he would have reached this level without the help of Easyread.

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Took an exam for the grade above hers!

She just took the National Mythology Exam, which required her to read D’Aulaire’s Greek Mythology (but since August she has read every Greek mythology book she/I could find). The test, published by a Classical Association in the US has long questions and long multiple choice answers to choose from–I think she did really well (I’ll let you know!)–she took the exam for the grade above hers, which was just incredible. I would love to keep her learning spelling–your method works so well!

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Famous Dyslexics: Novelist Esther Freud

British novelist and actress Esther Freud has written 8 books, one of which was made into a film starring Kate Winslet.

And she had dyslexia, not learning to read and write well until she was over 10 years old.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShe attended a Steiner school, which she now describes with mixed feelings. The one thing she loved about it was that it was a “non-pushy” school. She has spoken openly about prioritizing sending her 3 children to schools where getting the highest marks isn’t the only thing considered valuable.

The Steiner approach takes conventional academics at a slower pace, but still Freud describes feeling lost as a child.

“I don’t know if there were labels like dyslexia back then. It seemed as if there was something intrinsically mysterious that I didn’t grasp.”

It wasn’t until she found a book she couldn’t put down that her reading fell into place.

She loved arts and crafts throughout school, and won acceptance to the famed Drama Centre in Clerkenwell. Colin Firth was in the year above her! She remembers him as the star of his cohort.

Her acting career never took off, but as soon as she sat down to write her first book, she was addicted. And the critics were too – her novels, mostly drawn from phases of her own life, have received much praise.

The youngest of her three children is now struggling in the same way she did in school. She has spoken about it in interviews, saying: “he has real trouble, just as I did, but I’m glad it’s my youngest child because I know he’s clever and I wouldn’t have had that confidence if it had been my first child. It makes me distressed to think that children are being judged at such specific times when I know that they develop at different stages.”

DSCN0462Sarah Forrest is a Reading Specialist for the Easyread System, an online program for children struggling with reading, spelling, dyslexia and more. Get a free trial at

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