Musical Thinking

5 Simple Steps To Teaching Children How They Think: Musical Thinking – The Quick Start Manual

In 5 Simple Steps To Teaching Children How They Think: Musical Thinking – The Quick Start Manual, Dr. Kenney provides the five step method she uses in clinical practice to teach children how their executive functions work.  Using music, play, activities and collaborative education, Dr. Kenney helps children gain confidence in their thinking skills by showing them how to improve their attention, sequencing, memory, behavior and learning.”

In an era where children are learning academic content earlier than in the past, the ability to creatively problem solve with cognitive flexibility, focused attention and self-control has never been more important.

Having worked with hundreds of children on the development and application of executive function skills, Harvard-Trained pediatric psychologist Dr. Lynne Kenney found that, “When we teach children ‘how they think’ not simply what to think, they become empowered learners.”  

Telling children what to do to learn or improve their behavior without telling them how to do it, results in children who become disorganized thinkers, using trial and error to try to meet the expectations of teachers, parents and those whom they love.

In an effort to empower the children to become masters of their actions, 5 Simple Steps To Teaching Children How They Think: Musical Thinking – The Quick Start Manual makes the cognitive processes that underlie thinking “transparent” to the students by providing direct instruction regarding what executive function skills are, how to develop them and when and how we use them.

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Musical Thinking 5 Simple Steps - Step 1

STEP 1: Teach children How their brains work

STEP 2: Teach children how to sequence and organize their thoughts and actions

STEP 3: Teach the children to encode in half-notes and retrieve in quarter notes

STEP 4: Introduce The Love Notes to bring music, tempo, rhythm and thinking alive for them

STEP 5: Apply The Love Notes to real life experiences such as learning new content, managing their behavior, enhancing their self-regulation and becoming empowered to think and behave in a new way.

Musical Thinking helps children:

  • Understand Executive Function skills such as planning, previewing, sequencing, attending, prioritizing, organizing, inhibiting and task execution
  • Learn academic content such as math facts, vocabulary, spelling, reading and factual knowledge requiring memorization, through movement and music
  • Shift behavior by managing impulses and actions with better planning, previewing and inhibition
  • Manage frustration, agitation, anxiety and anger by learning how the brain works
  • Communicate with others in a pro-social manner

This book applies cognitive science, kinesiology and music research to make learning more interactive and fun. In this full color 70 page digital book (immediate download) you will find reproducible pages of cognitive activities, rhythm activities and the printable Musical Thinking Quartet – The Love Notes.

“We aim to improve the trajectory of children’s learning and behavior by teaching them

the science behind how they think.”