A Well-tempered Mind: Using Music to Help Children Listen and Learn by Peter PerretA Well-tempered Mind: Using Music to Help Children Listen and Learn by Peter Perret

A Well-tempered Mind: Using Music to Help Children Listen and Learn

byPeter Perret, Janet FoxForeword byMaya Angelou

Paperback | April 15, 2006

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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

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.
Title:A Well-tempered Mind: Using Music to Help Children Listen and LearnFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:April 15, 2006Publisher:Dana PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1932594086

ISBN - 13:9781932594089

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Maya Angelou
Introduction by Frank B. Wood, Ph.D.
1.  Fanfare
2.  Lessons from the Pied Piper
3.  Overture
4.  Getting to Know All About You
5.  Building Bridges
6.  Models and Mentors
7.  Learning to Listen
8.  A Symphony of Neurons
9.  Can You Say "Legato"?
10.  As Time Goes By
11.  Is Music a Reading Teacher
12.  Listening to Learn
13.  Young Composers
14.  Once Upon a Time
15.  Beyond Bolton:  Theme and Variations
16.  Coda: Play It Again
Do Try This at Home
Suggestions for Further Reading

Editorial Reviews

This book should persuade parents and administrators to give education in music its deserved high priority in the schools under their care."