Education

Musical Intelligence

This is the first of nine posts addressing multiple intelligences and how we can support our little thinkers.

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Musical Intelligence involves the capacity to perceive and express musical forms, including understanding rhythm and patterns. People who demonstrate a high degree of musical intelligence may be ideally suited for musical professions, such as composing or playing an instrument. Christopher Pappas suggests multimedia presentations and use of music that emphasizes the subject matter. He suggests that it creates a more immersive experience for the learner.

Also consider:

  • A lesson that includes music or sound, and attaching meaning to music
  • The use of background music during homework or independent work within the classroom.

Our students with language delays and/or learning challenges have a less efficient left hemisphere, where language is importantly involved.

Try:

  • Tapping out patterns for words, sentences and memorization tasks (like spelling words and learning their phone number), so processing is simplified and information is more likely to ‘stick’.
  • Providing visuals paired with songs and chants to attach ‘meaning’
  • Introduce children’s books on tape for another wonderful way to access our musical intelligence learner.

TED Talk-HACKSCHOOLING MAKES ME HAPPY

When asked that all too familiar question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’,  13 year-old Logan LaPlante does not say an astronaut, a businessman or a fire fighter. He says he wants to be happy.  Logan suggests practicing eight lifestyle choices discussed by Dr. Roger Walsh.

  • Exercise
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Time in Nature
  • Contribution and Service
  • Relationships
  • Recreation
  • Relaxation and Stress Management
  • Religion and Spiritual

Logan suggests that education is more about learning how to make a living rather than making a life. That schools don’t seem to prioritize how to be happy and healthy.

How do we embed happy and healthy into our schools?

Logan suggests hack-schooling. He describes hackers as innovators, suggesting that they naturally challenge and change things. He suggests that it is not just a way of thinking, but that hacking, is a mindset. Logan ‘hacks his education’ by taking advantage of opportunities to have creative, ‘out-of-the-box’ experiences.

As an educator, I believe that giving our children creative ways to learn and firing up their motivation to gain more knowledge, should be our mindset. Listening to our children, identifying how they learn and fostering that growth is our responsibility. Maybe we should consider the thoughts of this 13-year old boy, Logan LaPlante.

For more information on Dr. Roger Walsh’s 8 therapeutic lifestyle changes, please see his article titled Lifestyle and Mental Health