Understanding Musical Learning Styles

Learn about Musical Learning Styles

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What is a Musical Learning Style?

The musical learning style, also known as the aural (auditory-musical-rhythmic), is one of eight types of intelligence defined in Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences. Musical learning style refers to a person's ability to understand and process sound, rhythm, patterns in sound, relationships between sounds, and ability to process rhymes and other auditory information.

Characteristics of Musical Learning Styles

Musically learning styled people enjoy school activities such as music performance and appreciation, band, choir, orchestra, and writing poetry or songs. The musically talented person enjoys being surrounded by music and can appreciate many different types of music and sounds. They may be avid collectors of music, may join a band or choir, or may enjoy playing one or more instruments. They may often be found humming or drumming out beats with their hands. Many are also creative in other areas as well.

Learning Strategies for Individuals with Strong a Musical Learning Style

People with musical learning styles learn best when taught using spoken instruction and auditory media. They focus on using spoken content in their association and visualization. Musically learning style students have good auditory memory and may respond well to jingles and rhymes to help memorize information they may otherwise struggle with.

Students with strong aural learning styles would benefit from recording lectures in class. It provides a basis for understanding and helps the individual better visualization the content. These individuals would benefit by creating mnemonics or acrostics to make the most of rhythm and rhyme, to help them best recall the information.

Musical Learning Style Career Choices

Musically talented students may be interested in careers such as working in radio or television, playing music professionally in a group or orchestra, teaching music, band, choir or orchestra at k-12 or postsecondary levels. Musical learning styled people may also prefer working in music retail stores, composing music, private tutoring in music and instruments, music ministry in churches or community choirs, music journalism reviewer, and work as a recording engineer.

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