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

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

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by Peter Perret, Janet Fox
     
 

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Peter Perret, conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony, chronicles in A Well-Tempered Mind how a brief NPR feature about music and the brain inspired him to create an innovative music education program for first- through third-graders at two elementary schools in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The musicians from his woodwind quintet taught the children to

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Peter Perret, conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony, chronicles in A Well-Tempered Mind how a brief NPR feature about music and the brain inspired him to create an innovative music education program for first- through third-graders at two elementary schools in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The musicians from his woodwind 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.

The effects of the quintets intervention reached beyond the music classes and carried into other academic subjects as well, resulting in a significant improvement in the childrens scores on annual state tests. A Well-Tempered Mind describes how the children and musicians worked together, and explores the brain research that seeks to understand how music engages the brains cognitive capabilities ranging from memory and language and emotional processing.

Perrets Bolton project inspires a host of tantalizing questions such as: Does music physically change the brain? Can music help kids with short attention spans, dyslexia, and other learning difficulties? Does music influence the cognitive abilities needed for reading and math? Perrets engaging and candid narrative, previously featured in Symphony Magazine, tells of a fascinating journey of discovery into the complexities and intricate workings of the human brain. Further, it opens the door to new and exciting opportunities for education, in its demonstration of how music can be a universal language that expands young minds in unforeseen ways.

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 of Jazz at Lincoln Center

This book should persuade parents and administrators to give education in music its deserved high priority in the schools under their care.—Walter J. Freeman, M.D., professor in the Graduate School Division of Neuroscience, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California at Berkeley

Editorial Reviews

Times Educational Supplement

"The authors put flesh on the feeling shared by all music teachers that the experience of music enhances thought and learning in unexpected directions, well beyond the simple act of enjoying the sound. . . . It's exciting and necessary reading for all who are battling to ensure the place of music in the school curriculum."—Times Educational Supplement

Chamber Music - Jeanne Bamberger

"Practical and provocative. . . . There is much to learn in a close reading of this book, especially for all those wanting guidance in how effectively to bring music and musicians into the classroom. . . . In a world where children are too often being left behind, this book is cause for belief that, with the help of thoughtful, dedicated musicians, these same children may learn to leap forward."—Jeanne Bamberger, Chamber Music
Winston-Salem Journal
A Well-Tempered Mind "focuses on how music enhances development of the brain, and on the critical neurological pathways formed in young brains that involve a complex interplay of music, math, science, and language."—Winston-Salem Journal
Scientific American Magazine - Richard Lipkin
"The studies do highlight a positive relation between music and learning. . . . 'This book does not have formulas for creating young geniuses; nor is it a book of science,' Perret and Fox explain. 'Rather, it tells a story, describes an educational process, and attempts to share some insights into the world of cognitive neuroscience.' In this context, they amply succeed."—Richard Lipkin, Scientific American Magazine
Symphony

"Enhancing the book's usefulness are a 'Tips for Parents' section, suggestions for further reading, and a glossary for musical and neurological terms."—Symphony

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932594034
Publisher:
Dana Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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