Tuesday, April 14, 2009

David and the Musical Style of Learning


Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) - "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

We have talked about four of the different modalities of Learning previously, this week we will consider four more. Today, let us consider the Musical style of Multiple Intelligences.

Briefly defined, the Musical style of learner shows strengths in music, rhythms, and patterns. They think via rhythms and melodies. They have a love for singing, humming, and other forms of rhytmic patterns. They are the type of students who learn best by singing their alphabet or remembering rhymes like "In 1492 Columbus sailed the Ocean blue." These type of students become the performers and composers of the world.

Our Scriptural example of such a learner is none other than the sweet singer of Israel - King David. He expressed things through the Psalms. His poetry in the Old Testament brings us into the very Throne Room of God, and into the depths of despair. The Psalms allowed many to learn and remember information about God through the use of poetry and song. The 23rd Psalm is a beautiful example of learning the many facets of God through song.

Jesus also utilized this method of teaching through repeated patterns. Take for example the Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5. His constant repetition of the phrase - "Blessed are the..." Even His teaching on prayer - the Model Prayer in Matthew 6 and Luke 11 - contain a rythmic pattern to help us remember.

Today, seek out ways to incorporate rhythms and patterns into your lesson plans for those who are of the Musical bent.

For Kingdom Education,

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