Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences
as it pertains to me
Howard Gardner(1943- )'s Theory of Multiple Intelligences has identified seven distinct intelligences which has stemmed from recent cognitive research. Gardner believes that, while IQ Tests, "…might point to achievement in schools and colleges…", they do not necessarily point to, "…achievement in life"(Gardner, 503), therefore Gardner looks beyond SAT scores and IQ tests to classify Intelligence. Gardner has narrowed down the intelligences into seven different categories which are as follows: Musical, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Logical-Mathematic, Linguistic, Spatial, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal. Out of Gardner's seven intelligences, I find that I, naturally, fall into five categories. There is one, however, intelligence that I find that I excel in; Musical Intelligence.
Musical Intelligence, as I understand it, is the knowing that happens through sound and vibration. I find that I am very sensitive to sounds in my environment, as in rain on a roof sends a soothing chill down my spine, or the rubbing of unlotioned hands sends an annoying vibration up my spine, so on and so forth. I also find that in my sight-singing class, when I'm asked to sing notes on a given page from the textbook, it comes almost natural to me, as if I can hear the notes before I sing them. "A brief consideration of the evidence suggests that musical skill passes the other tests for an intelligence"(Gardner, 511). For example, there are certain parts of the brain that play a vital part in the production of music. Though it is not clearly localized, musical skill is said to be located in the right hemisphere of the brain, alongside language. I have been told that I am "skilled" at mimicking sounds, and recognizing many different instruments within a composition.
While musical intelligence is the intelligence I mostly identify with, there are other categories of Gardner's Theory that I find identifiable to me. "Although each...