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

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A Well-Tempered Mind investigates the intriguing connection between music education and brain development in children. Peter Perret and Janet Fox use the details of an innovative music education program for elementary school students to explore this fascinating relationship. A Well-Tempered Mind describes how the students of Bolton Elementary in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a local quintet worked together and then explains the ongoing research that focuses on how music engages the brain’s cognitive ...

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

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Overview

A Well-Tempered Mind investigates the intriguing connection between music education and brain development in children. Peter Perret and Janet Fox use the details of an innovative music education program for elementary school students to explore this fascinating relationship. A Well-Tempered Mind describes how the students of Bolton Elementary in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a local quintet worked together and then explains the ongoing research that focuses on how music engages the brain’s cognitive capabilities, from memory and language to emotional processing. Music, A Well-Tempered Mind reveals, is a universal language that expands young minds in essential ways. 

“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

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932594089
  • Publisher: Dana Press
  • Publication date: 5/17/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 592,578
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Perret been music director and conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony from 1978 to 2004 and teaches a graduate-level neuroscience and music course at Wake Forest University. Janet Fox is a freelance arts and education writer based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1 Fanfare 1
Chapter 2 Lessons from the Pied Piper 7
Chapter 3 Overture 17
Chapter 4 Getting to Know All About You 31
Chapter 5 Building Bridges 41
Chapter 6 Models and Mentors 49
Chapter 7 Learning to Listen 61
Chapter 8 A Symphony of Neurons 73
Chapter 9 Can You Say "Legato"? 83
Chapter 10 As Time Goes By 99
Chapter 11 Is Music a Reading Teacher? 111
Chapter 12 Listening to Learn 125
Chapter 13 Young Composers 139
Chapter 14 Once Upon a Time 153
Chapter 15 Beyond Bolton: Theme and Variations 165
Chapter 16 Coda: Play It Again 183
Do Try This at Home 193
Glossary 195
Notes 201
Suggestions for Further Reading 211
Index 215
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