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


reviewed by Harold F. Abeles 1993

coverTitle: The Mind Behind the Musical Ear: How Children Develop Musical Intelligence
Author(s): Jeanne Bamberger
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674576063, Pages: 290, Year: 1991
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In The Mind behind the Musical Ear, Bamberger successfully combines the disciplines of music theory, cognitive development, musical performance, philosophy, and education into a book that communicates an understanding of how children (and adults) think about music. The book primarily investigates the elements of rhythm and melody, although implications for children’s thinking about other elements, such as harmony and form, are present. The book begins with two chapters, “The Players” and “The Themes,” that provide readers with sufficient background and direction to guide them through the remainder of the book. In “The Players,” Bamberger describes her approach to research. “In contrast to more traditional methodology associated with objective, controlled, often artificially contrived experimental situations, my experimental designs include rather open-ended task situations that are often closely related to the musical activities that generated the puzzles in the first place” (p. 2). Bamberger’s research strategy involves having students listen to music, asking... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 95 Number 2, 1993, p. 291-294
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 114, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 5:09:59 AM

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