A Well-Tempered Mind: Using Music to Help Children Listen and Learn

A Well-Tempered Mind: Using Music to Help Children Listen and Learn

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by Peter Perret, Janet Fox
     
 

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Peter Perret, conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony for more than 25 years, wondered if placing a woodwind quintet in a poorly performing elementary school might help students academically. He decided to try, and the result was an eye-brow raising jump in the children’s test scores—and this book.

Perret describes an innovative program for

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Peter Perret, conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony for more than 25 years, wondered if placing a woodwind quintet in a poorly performing elementary school might help students academically. He decided to try, and the result was an eye-brow raising jump in the children’s test scores—and this book.

Perret describes an innovative program for first-through third-graders at two elementary schools in Winston-Salem and a journey of discovery into the brain for him. The quintet taught the children to listen to music, detect the roles of the instruments, discern how music is constructed, and even compose their own music, all the while integrating the lessons into the children’s regular courses. Providing a mix of classroom vignettes, music theory, and findings in one of the newest areas of brain research, Perret shows how the Bolton program gave life to a host of tantalizing questions: Does music physically change the brain? Is music a primary language of the brain? Does music affect any cognitive abilities needed for reading and math? Can music help kids with short attention spans, dyslexia, and other learning difficulties? How did the musicians in the classroom contribute to the children’s academic improvement?

A charming, inspiring reading experience, A Well-Tempered Mind describes the program in detail and offers valuable advice to parents, educators, and would-be teaching artists for designing music program approaches to suit their means and situations.

Editorial Reviews

Wynton Marsalis
"A Well-Tempered Mind demonstrates that by working together, we can make a difference in our children's lives and replace cultural bankruptcy with a full pocket of good music. Lord knows we need it."

-Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center



"It's exciting and necessary reading for all who are battling to ensure the place of music in the school curriculum."

-Petr Janata, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Center for Min

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014144476
Publisher:
Dana Foundation
Publication date:
03/15/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
231
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Perret is the Conductor Emeritus of the Winston-Salem Symphony and currently consults with school boards across the nation and supervises music education research in conjunction with the Section of Neuropsychology at Wake Forest University Health Sciences. He is a frequent guest lecturer at science and education conferences dealing with music and learning.

Janet Fox is a freelance arts and education writer based in Winston-Salem, N.C. She has twice won the North Carolina Association of Educators’ School Bell award for education reporting.

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