In a press release issued Thursday, Warner Music and Accenture Interactive announced “saylists,” new playlists exclusive to Apple Music designed to “[augment] speech therapy experience for young people with the power of music and technology. “There are 173 songs on these playlists, including Dua Lipa“ Don’t Start Now ”and Lizzo“ Good As Hell ”.
BBC News reported today that about 1 in 12 children in the UK has some form of speech and sound disorder or SSD. Stuttering, also known as state stuttering, affects 1.5 million children across the UK.
Using an algorithm, Apple analyzed the lyrics of 70 million songs from its catalog to identify the sounds that are most often repeated in speech. As such, playlists are centered on the sounds ‘CH’, ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘G’, ‘K’, ‘L’, ‘R’, ‘S’, ‘Z’ and ‘T’. .
Warner’s press release includes comments from speech and language pathologists, who all welcome these “saylists” as an innovative form of therapy.
“Every speech therapist wants to engage children during therapy sessions, as well as help them generalize sound goals – both at school and at home,” said Anna Biavati-Smith. “Saylists offer a fun, new way to practice sounds without feeling pressured or bored. Fun is the first step to learning. “
New playlists are available today to all Apple Music subscribers around the world.