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The demand for math and science skills in our technology-driven world is at a premium, and yet U.S. students continue to lag behind many other industrialized countries in these areas. This book, based on studies conducted on 8000 elementary school-aged children, proposes that not only is there a relationship between music and math comprehension, but that music can be utilized to heighten higher brain function and improve math skills. The enclosed CD-ROM includes a recording of "Allegro con spirito" from "Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major" (K. 448), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu, courtesy of Sony Classical[Trademark], and a descriptive interactive version of S.T.A.R.[Trademark](Spatial-Temporal Animation Reasoning) software program. While this book's discussion of the breakthroughs in understanding of spatial-temporal reasoning abilities will be of particular interest to neuroscientists and cognitive researchers, the book is also accessible to parents and educators. It presents the theory that music exercises higher brain function and can enhance math comprehension. It details how music training coupled with special-temporal reasoning (thinking in pictures) can dramatically impact a child's ability to understand and master math, and includes an interactive CD-ROM with math games.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780126390612
ISBN-10: 0126390614
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 29mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Academic Press Inc
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
Publish Date: 19-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Gordon Shaw

By Gordon L. Shaw