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The Mind behind the Musical Ear

The Mind behind the Musical Ear

How Children Develop Musical Intelligence

Jeanne Bamberger

ISBN 9780674576063

Publication date: 03/15/1995

In The Mind behind the Musical Ear, Jeanne Bamberger focuses on the earliest stages in the development of musical cognition. Beginning with children’s invention of original rhythm notations, she follows eight-year-old Jeff as he reconstructs and invents descriptions of simple melodies. In a running commentary on Jeff’s discoveries and a series of dialogues between herself and two imaginary college students who take different approaches to music, Bamberger reflects on the thinking strategies that guide Jeff at various moments in his musical development.


  • Makes intriguing reading for anyone who has puzzled over the mechanism by which young children learn tunes.

    —Gerald Haigh, Times Educational Supplement


  • Jeanne Bamberger is Professor of Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Book Details

  • 304 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press