Perret, P. & Fox, J. A Well-Tempered Mind. Using Music to Help Children Listen and Learn. Dana Press: New York, 2006.
231 pages. Paperback.
Summary from the back of the book:
“A Well-Tempered Mind explores the intriguing connections between music education, enhanced cognition, and creative skills in children. Authors Peter Jerret and Janet Fox guide us through the highly successful Bolton Music Residency Project in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where a local quintet coordinated music instruction with other classroom lessons to improve learning prospects for at-risk students.
The children’s experience gives life to a host of tantalizing questions: Does music physically change the brain? Can music help children with short attention spans, dyslexia, and other learning difficulties? This book explores these questions and more, offering valuable advice to parents, educators, and teaching artists for creating music programs to suit their means and situations.”
“A Well-Tempered Mind demonstrates that by working together, we can make a difference in our children’s lives and replace cultural bankruptcy with a full pocket of good music. Lord knows we need it.” – Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center
“It’s exciting and necessary reading for all who are battling to ensure the place of music in the school curriculum.” – Times Educational Supplement
“The authors drive home the message that interactive musical experiences guided by excellent musicians transform young children into careful listeners and observers.” – Petr Janata, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Center for Mind and Brain, University of California, Davis
“Practical and provocative; A Well-Tempered Mind is both.” – SYMPHONY Magazine
“This book should persuade parents and administrators to give education in music its deserved high priority in the schools under their care.” – Walter J. Freeman, M.D., Professor of the Graduate School, Division of Neurobiology, University of California, Berkeley