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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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

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
UNC-TV "Bookwatch
"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."
Petr Janata
"It's exciting and necessary reading for all who are battling to ensure the place of music in the school curriculum."
Walter J. Freeman
This book should persuade parents and administrators to give education in music its deserved high priority in the schools under their care."
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: 932,677
  • 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 by Maya Angelou
 
Introduction by Frank B. Wood, Ph.D.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
1.  Fanfare
2.  Lessons from the Pied Piper
3.  Overture
4.  Getting to Know All About You
5.  Building Bridges
6.  Models and Mentors
7.  Learning to Listen
8.  A Symphony of Neurons
9.  Can You Say "Legato"?
10.  As Time Goes By
11.  Is Music a Reading Teacher
12.  Listening to Learn
13.  Young Composers
14.  Once Upon a Time
15.  Beyond Bolton:  Theme and Variations
16.  Coda: Play It Again
 
Do Try This at Home
 
Glossary
 
Notes
 
Suggestions for Further Reading
 
Index

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