Title

Whole-Brain Experiences with Quality Musical Materials

Document Type

Presentation

Document Subtype

Abstract

Presentation Date

3-2011

Conference Name

Organization of American Kodaly Educators National Conference

Conference Location

Minneapolis, MN

Peer Review

Invited

Abstract

Memorable musical experiences in childhood can influence life-long attitudes about the role and importance of music. Research with adult non-musicians indicates that their most significant memories of early musical experiences were those that engaged them in many modes: songs that were humorous, that generated physical activity and dance, that were borrowed from the popular media, or that were part of a public performance. Recent discoveries in the field of neuroscience support the understanding that experiences are more memorable and significant when multiple areas of the brain are involved.

Keywords

musical memories, neuroscience, music education

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Music

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