By: Heidi Ingram
Musical Intelligence is the capacity to perceive (e.g. music aficionado), discriminate (e.g., as a music critic), transform (e.g., as a composer), and express (e.g., a performer) musical forms. The musical learner also has the ability to pick up sounds and remember melodies. This intelligence is based on the recognition of tonal patterns, including various environmental sounds and also sensitivity to rhythm and beats.
Starting with the prenatal awareness of noises and rhythms and later imitations of sounds and pitches, a child soon develops the ability to produce and recognize simple and then complex songs and to perceive pitch, tone, and rhythmic pattern. The child becomes immersed in the music and sounds of the world. The learning environment should provide opportunities for singing, listening, movement activities, sound awareness, and musical instrument appreciation and practice, while emphasizing cultural awareness through music. Children who are strong in musical-rhythmic abilities think in rhythms and melodies; enjoy listening to music, singing, dancing, humming, and playing musical instruments; and exhibit a sensitivity to environmental sounds.
Musical-Rhythmic Intelligence refers to the ability to use musical elements (pitch, rhythm, tone) at an unusually sophisticated level. Some children may have perfect pitch and the ability to identity a wide range of musical scores when only a few bars are played. Musically talented children are intrigued with and noitce sounds in their environment.
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