DEFINITION Musical intelligence is one of Howard Gardners Nine Multiple Intelligences. It involves how skillful an individual is performing, composing, and appreciating music and musical patterns. Individuals who excel in this intelligence typically are able to use rhythms and patterns to assist in learning. Musicians, composers, band directors, disc jockeys, and music critics are among those that Howard Gardner sees as having high musical intelligence.
EXPLANATION The musical intelligence is more difficult to relate to writing than the others are, especially when you consider that tone of voice is not included in the province of the musical intelligence. Music probably originates in primordial dance, song, and gesture--places where speech and writing may also have deep roots. The earliest poems that we know about appear to have been sung or chanted--perhaps to the accompaniment of a musical instrument. Today, it would be easy assume that clear, straightforward prose was the original method of written expression, and that poetry is an emotional elaboration on prose. The de-poeticizing of prose has been the work of centuries.
CHARACTERISTICS Learn well using rhythm or music Enjoy listening to and/or creating music Can become emotionally moved by music Enjoys rhythmic poetry May study better with music in the background May be very spiritual Appreciates emotional power of music Sensitive to rhythm, pitch, timbre, melody Aware of complex structure of musical notes Listens to lots of music - all kinds May have lilting, interesting "musical" way of speaking Strong aptitude for playing an instrument
CAREER PATH•Composers• Musicians• Band Directors• Conductors• Disc Jockeys• Sound Board Operators• Music Critics• Singer• Song writers• Music Teacher
FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO HAVE THIS INTELLIGENCE Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Elvis Presley Elton John Ravi Shankar Beethoven JYP
WAYS TO ENHANCE MUSICAL INTELLIGENCE Include music in lessons where appropriate Allow students to include music for independent projects Connect music to a lesson (i.e. what music was popular during certain historical periods) Use songs to help students study for exams Play Mozart or Beethoven as students study in class