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Music Education Messages for Parents

In early February 2016 I was in Sydney, Australia, speaking to various groups of parents with children learning music. The content of my 45-minute talk included a mixture of music education advocacy and pragmatic advice for supporting their children in the often difficult commitment

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Posted in character, motivation, Music Education, Practice, prep, primary

The Tools for Musical Progress

I’ve just completed a speaking tour in Australia taking in Melbourne, Sydney, Bathurst, Newcastle, Launceston and Ulverstone. My talks were directed to staffs and students – general and music-specific – in school classrooms, assemblies and at conferences. I’d like to share

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Posted in Chunking, Music Education, Music psychology, Pianists, Practice, prep, Repetition, slow practice

Music and People Smart – Interpersonal Intelligence

This series of posts explores connections between music and other Gardner-listed multiple intelligences. This post follows on from a description of Music and Emotional Intelligence, and Music and Intra-Personal Intelligence. What good is math and spelling if the children cannot

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Posted in Emotional intelligence, Multiple Intelligence, Music Education, prep, primary

Music and Self-Smart – Intrapersonal Intelligence

This series of posts explores connections between music and other Gardner-listed multiple intelligences. This post follows on from a description of Music and Emotional Intelligence. Know thyself so that you can be yourself. The final aim is to be. –

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Posted in Emotional intelligence, Multiple Intelligence, Music Education, prep, primary

Music and Emotional Intelligence

This series of posts explores connections between music and other Gardner-listed multiple intelligences. My previous posts discussed  Music and the Body, Music and Nature, Music and Words, Music and Numbers, and Music and Pictures. In 2009 a report from the

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Posted in Multiple Intelligence, Music Education, prep, primary

Music and Pictures

This series of posts explores connections between music and other Gardner-type multiple intelligences. My previous posts introduced Music and Multiple Intelligence; Music and the Body, Music and Nature, Music and Words, and Music and Numbers. Roger Ulrich was involved with

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Posted in art, Multiple Intelligence, Music Education, pictures, prep, primary

Music education in Ancient Greece Pt 1

  My previous posts introduced Music and Multiple Intelligence. Given that my last post on Music and Mathematics caused some discussion, I’ll give the background to my thoughts, beginning with a simple summary of music education in Ancient Greece.   The Ancient

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Posted in ancient greece education, classical greece, math, Multiple Intelligence, Music Education, numbers, prep, primary

Music and Numbers

My previous posts introduced Music and Multiple Intelligence; Music and the Body, Music and Nature, and Music and Words. It is often said that music and mathematics are related. Essentially though, music and mathematics are poles apart. Mathematics is about

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Posted in math, Multiple Intelligence, Music Education, numbers, prep, primary

Music and Word Smart

My previous posts introduced Music and Multiple Intelligence, Music and the Body, and Music and Nature. Humans sing to express emotional meaning beyond mere words. Because of this emotional connection, when words are combined with music they are easier to

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Posted in Literacy, Multiple Intelligence, Music Education, prep, primary