Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University believes that intelligence can not be measured by one single instrument that has been used in the past and symbolized by the "IQ score" that is in wide spread use today. His research shows that people exhibit eight different types of intelligences. In his book "Frames of Mind, The Theory of Multiple Intelligences", Dr. Gardner explains how individuals possess all eight intelligences to varying degrees, with some intelligences showing dominance. Students engage in the learning process more readily when activities are planned to stimulate their dominant intelligence. One of the eight different types of intelligences is Musical Rhythmic.
"Musical Rhythmic learners have the ability to produce and appreciate music. These musically inclined learners think in rhythms, sounds, and patterns. These students love music and rhythmic patterns. They may study better with music in the background. They can often reproduce a melody or rhythmic pattern after hearing it only once. Various sounds, tones, and rhythms may have a visible effect on them. They like to create music. They enjoy singing and listening to a wide variety of music. They are often quite skilled at mimicking sounds, language accents, and others' speech patterns, and recognizing different musical instruments in a composition.
They immediately respond to music either appreciating or criticizing what they hear. Many of these learners are extremely sensitive to environmental sounds such as; crickets, dripping, bells, and trains. They are also very sensitive to patterns and pitch in sound. "Musical rhythmic learners are able to recognize, create, and recreate sound using their voice or instruments.
An understanding of the connection between music and emotions is common in these types of learners. They often play an instrument and are involved in some kind of extracurricular