Music in the Classroom Essay

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Music in the Classroom In Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences there are eight main intelligences of varying degrees in every person. In schools today linguistic and logical intelligences are most strongly stressed leaving the other intelligences to be used outside the classroom. Sometimes even scheduled time for the usage of other intelligences is ignored: “Often teachers even let pupils do their homework in the periods that are assigned to class music while they occupy themselves with other activities such as completing the attendance register,” (Van der Lind 610). Music is one of these six intelligences, left to being used outside the classroom, and forgotten within, with the ability to connect students to…show more content…
These teachers make learning game-like through the incorporation of play and music into the lessons. The alphabet, for example, has been taught for the past many years by song, and in the past counting was taught with a song about little Indian boys. By making teaching game-like teachers also have had an effect on the information retained by the students participating in the games. The increase of information retention can be extended to other areas of school in addition to number and alphabet sequences. In younger children connections are still forming between synapses in their brains; and these connections can increase the amount of memory and even possibly intelligence these children could have. These connections made in the brain, lead to a larger memory span and possibly greater intelligence in children just from the impact of music: “The use of suitable music can have a positive effect on small children, especially children from two to six years old, when the front brain lobes are growing the fastest,” (Van der Lind 610). The positive effect of music can aid in the retention of information and speed the learning process because of the incorporation of the frontal lobes of the brain where memory and some fine motor skills are located. The most suitable music for increasing memory is often considered to be classical or baroque music, due to the patterns of the compositions and the effect of stimulating a person’s mind. The A
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