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SoundSmart  |  SoundSmart Intro

SoundSmart (musical-rhythmic intelligence)

Of all of The 8 Kinds of Smart, the consciousness altering affect of SoundSmart is stronger than any of the other intelligences.

We use music, rhythm, sound, and vibration to instantly shift our mood or awareness.

- What music do you play when you are stressed out and need to calm down?

- Do you have music you play to energize yourself when you’re feeling lethargic, bored, or are otherwise “down?”

-Do you have some kind of music you play to accompany certain routine tasks you must perform, such as cleaning the house, working on a project, filing papers, or cooking dinner?

We use music, rhythm, sound, and vibration to express the height of our love for another person. We use it to express deep loss and grief.

Music, rhythm, sound, and vibration are used by advertisers who are trying to get consumers to purchase their products.

Consider the power of music, rhythm, sound, and vibration when you are watching a TV show or a movie and can anticipate what will happen next. The sound track can dramatically enhance and amplify your experience of a particular scene.

We use music, rhythm sound, and vibration to express our religious devotion, our national pride, and to celebrate our various cultural backgrounds.

How many of the following are true for you?


You have a love of music and rhythmic patterns.

You are very sensitive to sounds in the environment: the chirp of a cricket, rain on the roof, varying traffic patterns.

You study and work better with music in the background.

You can often reproduce a melody or rhythmic pattern after hearing it only once.

Various sounds, tones, and rhythms have a visible effect on you—others can often see a change in facial expression, body movement, or emotional response.

You like to create music and enjoy listening to a wide variety of music.

You’re skilled at mimicking sounds, language accents, and others’ speech patterns.

You can readily recognize different musical instruments in a composition.

Beyond hearing, your auditory organs serve at least other two critical functions in your life: they provide you with your sense of balance and also with your sense of laterality and spatiality, namely time-space coordination.

Some researchers have started to call this intelligence the “auditory-vibrational intelligence” because it goes way beyond music and rhythm. It is really dealing with the whole realm of sound, vibration, tones, and beats.

You know many things in your life by simply listening to the sounds around you. Think what you can tell about the weather by listening to the what is happening outside–the howling wind, the pitter patter of rain, the sudden clap of thunder.

When you are talking with another person, or listening to others converse, think about how much you can learn by simply listening to the tone and pitch of their voice and the rhythm patterns of their speech.

You can tell if something is wrong with your car, even if you don’t know what it is.

Can you tell who is approaching you by listening to sound of their footsteps?

Or maybe, if you are a parent, you can tell who is at home in your house and what they are doing just by the sounds of their movements and activities.