The Mind Behind the Musical Ear: How Children Develop Musical Intelligence

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Harvard University Press, 1995 - Music - 290 pages
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In The Mind behind the Musical Ear, Jeanne Bamberger focuses on the earliest stages in the development of musical cognition. Beginning with children's invention of original rhythm notations, she follows eight-year-old Jeff as he reconstructs and invents descriptions of simple melodies. In a running commentary on Jeff's discoveries and a series of dialogues between herself and two imaginary college students who take different approaches to music, Bamberger reflects on the thinking strategies that guide Jeff at various moments in his musical development.

 

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Contents

The Players
1
The Themes
7
RHYTHM
14
Mot
31
Building Hot Cross Buns with the Montessori Bells
127
Making Instructions for Playing Hot Cross Buns
153
Jeffs Figural Construction and Notation for Twinkle
177
Constructive Disequilibrium
198
Moving toward a Formal Representation of Twinkle
226
Met and Mots Reflections on Jeffs Story
248
Educational Implications
269
References
285
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Jeanne Bamberger is Professor of Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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