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Musical Intelligence

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Carli Funch

on 6 March 2014

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Transcript of Musical Intelligence

Definition of Intelligence
Multiple Intelligence Theory
Musical Intelligence
Researchers define musical/rhythmic intelligence as a person's ability to easily create musical timbre, tone, rhythm and pitches. People who possess this gift can recognize patterns, easily recall melodies and understand musical structure.
-Learn well using rhythm or music
-Enjoy listening to and/or creating music
-Easily become emotionally moved by music
-Enjoys rhythmic poetry
-May study better with music in the background
Methods of Developing
Musical Intelligence
Benefits of Developing and Enhancing Musical Intelligence
Lower stress through music and rhythm

-Promotes greater creativity

-Discover your hidden capacities for learning
and for remembering information

-Shifts moods to more optimal states of being

-Relationships with others
Howard Gardner
Gardner believed that people have multiple different ways of thinking and learning and thus created his Multiple Intelligence Theory.
Musical Intelligence
By: Tony Villafane, Rachel Scaman, Sarena Greiner, Rodney Zimmerman, and Carli Funch
General mental capability that involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience.
Born July 11, 1943
Studied at Harvard, received Ph.D. in 1971
Fascinated by Developmental Psychology
"Its not how smart you are that matters, what really counts is how you are smart"
Eight Intelligences
Visual-Spatial-Think in terms of physical space, images and pictures; Learn best through drawings, designs, and imagery
Verbal-Linguistic-Able to use words effectively and has highly-developed auditory skills; Enjoys reading, playing word games, and writing
Eight Intelligences
Musical-Rhythmic-Shows sensitivity to rhythm, melody, and sound.

Interpersonal- Enjoys interacting and socializing with others, and very caring towards people.

Intrapersonal- Are in tune with their personal inner feelings, moods, motivations, and typically very self-disciplined.

Naturalist- Understands the natural world including plants, animals and scientific studies.
Logical-Mathematical-Think conceptually, abstractly, and are able to see and explore patterns and relationships; Enjoy reasoning, calculating, playing logic games, solving puzzles
Bodily-Kinesthetic-Like movement and communicate well through body language and physical activity; Excel at hands-on learning
The musical intelligence is central to human experience.
It's the earliest of the intelligences to emerge--even children as young as two months old can sing and match rhythmic structures.
It's closely linked to our other intelligences--we often "feel" music with our bodies and move accordingly, we often "feel" music with our emotions, and cry or laugh accordingly.
Howard Gardner writes in Frames of Mind "if we can explain music, we may find the key for all human thought."
Is Musical Intelligence for real?
Hemispheric Dominance
Dominance is present at birth. A strong relationship exists between the brain preference of infants and their parents, suggesting that genetics has a major influence on the brain preference. Early childhood experiences, or nurturing, can also play a major part in brain preference development.
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-Spatial abilities

-Face recognition

-Visual Imagery

Individuals Who Have High Musical Intelligence:
Band Directors
Disc Jockeys
Sound Board Operators
Music Critics
Julie Andrews
Michael Jackson
Toby Mac
Derek Bigley
Seth Kloseim
Bri Lieb
Tim McGraw
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift
Laura Story
-Listening to difference types of music
-Learn to play a musical instrument
-Join a choir (start singing)
-Read and write poetry
-Pitch training
-Vocal lessons
-Listen for melodies or rhythms that are created by every day things
Musical Intelligence Test
Tony- 70%
Rodney- 80%
Carli- 70%
Rachel- 95%
Sarena- 80%
What this test examined :

Pitch discrimination- perceiving if one note is higher or lower than another.
Musical memory- storing a phrase in short term memory and "play it back in your head".
Equal Loudness Contour - the ability to relate decibel sound pressure level to frequency.
Attention- picking out essential elements in complicated musical arrangements.
Musical/visual Abstraction- recognizing common rules and similarities across domains.
Musical Intelligence Applied Biblically
-Zephaniah 3:17
-Psalm 150
-Psalm 98:5
-Psalm 95:2
-Ephesians 5:19

separating parts
sight reading
chord recognition
ensemble playing


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