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Musical Intelligence Definition:

Musical intelligence is one of Howard Gardner's Nine Multiple Intelligences. It involves how skillful an individual is performing, composing, and appreciating music and musical patterns. Individuals who excel in this intelligence typically are able to use rhythms and patterns to assist in learning. Musicians, composers, band directors, disc jockeys, and music critics are among those that Howard Gardner sees as having high musical intelligence.

Individuals Who Typically Have High Musical Inelligence:

Following are examples of individuals who typically have high musical intelligence:
  • Composers
  • Musicians
  • Band Directors
  • Conductors
  • Disc Jockeys
  • Sound Board Operators
  • Music Critics

Famous People Who Have High Musical Intelligence:

  • Beethoven
  • Michael Jackson
  • Eminem
  • Itzhak Perlman
  • Mozart

Traits of Those Who Have High Musical Intelligence:

  • Learn well using rhythm or music
  • Enjoy listening to and/or creating music
  • Can become emotionally moved by music
  • Enjoys rhythmic poetry
  • May study better with music in the background

Ways to Enhance Musical Intelligence:

Following are ways that teachers and individuals can enhance and strengthen their current musical intelligence:
  • Include music in lessons where appropriate
  • Allow students to include music for independent projects
  • Connect music to a lesson (i.e. what music was popular during certain historical periods)
  • Use songs to help students study for exams
  • Play Mozart or Beethoven as students study in class
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