Musical Intelligence

People who have strong musical intelligence are good at thinking in patterns, rhythms, pitch, melody and sounds. They have a strong appreciation for music and are often good at musical composition and performance. But this type of intelligence isn’t just about music — it’s also about sensitivity to the human voice, audio patterns, and sounds in the environment.

Composers, musicians, conductors, and sound directors all have high musical intelligence.

People with musical intelligence:

  • Enjoy singing and playing musical instruments
  • Recognize musical patterns and tones easily
  • Remember songs and melodies
  • Have a rich understanding of musical structure, rhythm, and notes

How To Use Musical Intelligence in The Classroom

Use the following activities and techniques for students and groups with high musical intelligence:

  • Use instruments and instrument sounds
  • Use environmental sounds to illustrate a concept
  • Allow for musical composition and performance
  • Allow students to create songs about a topic 

To learn best with your musical intelligence, try encouraging children to make songs with content they need to know.

Help a Musical Intelligent Child Make The Right Career Choice

If your child is strong in musical intelligence, good career choices for you are:

  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Singer
  • Music teacher
  • Conductor


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