Musical Intelligence

What is it? 

  • Sensitivity to nonverbal sounds in one's environment, such as melody and tone
  • Awareness of patterns in rhythm, pitch, and timbre

Students are likely to...

  • listen to and play music
  • match feelings to music and rhythms
  • sing, hum, and move to music
  • remember and work with different musical forms
  • create and replicate tunes

How students use the musical intelligence in the classroom: 

  • Re-writing song lyrics to teach or express concepts
  • Encouraging students to add music to plays
  • Creating musical mnemonics
  • Teaching history through the music of a particular time period
  • Learning about music and folk dance traditions of other cultures
  • Participation in singing activities, Jazz Band, or Drama Club