Keeping Mozart in Mind

2nd Edition

Authors: Gordon Shaw
Print ISBN: 9780126390612
eBook ISBN: 9780080509709
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 31st October 2003
Page Count: 400
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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 (1) 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 ClassicalTM, and (2) a descriptive interactive version of S.T.A.R.TM (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.


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About the Author

Gordon Shaw

Affiliations and Expertise

M.I.N.D. Institute/University of California, Irvine, U.S.A.


Mentioned in: MULTIMEDIA & INTERNET@SCHOOLS- June 2005 LA TIMES- May 2005 NEW YORK TIMES- May 2005 NEW YORK TIMES (NATIONAL EDITION)- May 2005 ADVOCATE- May 2005 DAILY BREEZE- May 2005 LOS ANGELES TIMES (VALLEY EDITION)- May 2005 LOS ANGELES TIMES (ORANGE COUNTY EDITION)- May 2005 ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS- May 2005 NEWSDAY (NASSAU EDITION)- May 2005 EDUCATION WEEK- May 2005 "Gordon Shaw and the M. I. N. D. Institute has made such great progress, spreading a wider net to help our students: from his initial Mozart "effect" (with no instruction) to the research involving curriculum and instruction in pre-school to the primary grades. What makes his programs so unique is that the learning involves joy. As we watch the students in these classes, their faces reflect pleasure and delight, eagerness and immense enthusiasm! When positive emotions such as joy and passion intersect with a discipline, learning soars to heights greater than can be imagined!" — Drs. Diane Watanabe and Richard Sjolseth, consultants at the Institute of Learning, Teaching and the Human Brain in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction at the Los Angeles County Office of Education "The second edition of Prof. Gordon Shaw's pioneering book Keeping Mozart in Mind contains a wealth of new research results on improving spatial-temporal reasoning using specific and innovative combinations of music and mathematics training. For example, Prof. Shaw and his colleagues at the M.I.N.D. Institute have worked with more than 1000 second to fourth grade students in classrooms in the Los Angeles area, most of the students coming from socio-economic groups where poor language skills and math illiteracy are prevalent. They used a special set of their mathematical video games to dev