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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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

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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 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."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932594089
Publisher:
Dana Press
Publication date:
05/17/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
225
Sales rank:
1,295,142
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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