MUSICAL INTELLIGENCE
AND MUSIC IN THE
CLASSROOM : A NOTE

Theory of Multiple Intelligences

This theory suggests that traditional psychometric views of intelligence are too limited. Howard Gardner first outlined his theory in his 1983 book “Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences,” where he suggested that all people have different kinds of “intelligences.” Gardner proposed that there are eight intelligences, and has suggested the possible addition of a ninth known as “existentialist intelligence.”1 In order to capture the full range of abilities and talents that people possess, Gardner theorizes that people do not have just an intellectual capacity, but have many kinds of intelligence, including musical, interpersonal, spatial-visual, and linguistic intelligences.

Traditional models of teaching music in the classroom are wonderful at getting children to participate in music-making, however, the objective of a music class cannot be just a means to creating better performers.

Music can be used as a vital intelligence aid, and can be used towards enhancing overall learning and development.

MEASUREMENT &
RUBRICS

At the end of every three weeks of Rhapsody lessons, a SHOWCASE is done in class. This allows the coordinator/class teacher/ school head to observe the learnings in class across three dimensions – Musical Learning, Academic Learning and Allied Activity/Enhanced Learning.

The effi cacy of this is usually mapped to a Learning Plan Tracker (LPT) that is attached to this, by the observer, and returned to us for constant and ongoing continuous measurement and improvement of the delivery.