People who are strong in the musical
intelligence like the rhythm and sound of language. They like
poems, songs, and jingles. They enjoy humming or singing along
Here are ways to work with this intelligence
in your lessons:
- Use a familiar tune, song, or rap beat to
teach spelling rules, or to remember words in a series for a
- Create a poem with an emphasis on certain
sounds for pronunciation.
- Clap out or walk out the sounds of syllables.
- Read together (choral reading) to work on
fluency and intonation.
- Read a story with great emotion sad,
then happy, then angry. Talk about what changes is it
- Work with words that sound like what they
mean (onomatopoeia). For example: sizzle, cuckoo, smash.
- Read lyrics to music.
- Use music as background while reviewing
and for helping to remember new material.
- Use rhymes to remember spelling rules, i.e.,
"I before E except after C."
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Graham, Carolyn, Jazz Chants, Oxford University
Press, England, 1978.
Kay, Cathryn, Word Works, The Yolla Bolly Press,
Kline, Peter, The Everyday Genius, Great Ocean
Publishers, Virginia, 1988.
Rose, Colin, Accelerated Learning, Accelerated
Learning Systems United, England, 1985.
Samples, Bob, Open Mind/Whole Mind, Jalmar
Press, California, 1987.
Engaging the Intelligences