SOUND INTELLIGENCEâ¢ is a new approach to learning that combines music and developmental movement. It draws from two of Eve Kodiak's collections: Rappin' on the Reflexes and Moving with the Masters. The Sampler provides an introduction to the SOUND INTELLIGENCEâ¢ approach, including six complete cuts from the two collections. It is an inexpensive and easy way to begin.
Developmental movement is rooted in instinctual, universal patterns. Current research in human development is discovering that these specific movement patterns trigger neural growth, creating new pathways between brain and body.
Music is creatively organized vibration. Current research in physics suggests that matter is 99.9999% empty space. Our bodies and minds respond to music because, like music, we are "made" of vibrations.
Combining developmental movement with music can exponentially increase effectiveness of both. It gives us a new way to approach the baby who won't sleep, the child who can't read, the pianist with tendonitis. It can address performance anxiety and writer's block, clumsiness, confusion, anger, and grief. It is also lots of fun to do.
SOUND INTELLIGENCEâ¢ can increase our ability to integrate:
Sensory Information (gross and fine motor coordination, visual and auditory processing)
Emotional Information (locating our feelings in our bodies, and giving them positive expression)
Cognitive Information (thinking and communicating clearly, asking the right questions and seeking creative solutions).
Rappin' on the Reflexes is a guide to integrating infant reflex movements with songs, raps, and games. The guide contains readable and specific information about the developmental uses of each activity, as well as words, pictures, and teaching suggestions. The CD is simple and unintimidating, encouraging kids and adults to sing it themselves.
Moving with the Masters is an anthology of classical piano music with movement narration. The movements serve a dual purpose: to integrate body and mind, and to teach musical forms and concepts. While increasing gross and fine motor skills, participants also learn about theme and variation form, antecedent and consequent phrasing, sequences and final cadences, and a little about the composers. This collection was created to be equally accessible and interesting to the novice and to the experienced musician, from the first grader up to the senior citizen.
About Eve Kodiak
Eve Kodiak, M.M., is a licensed Brain Gym(R) Consultant. She has also taught, performed, and composed music for most of her life. Trained in Dalcroze, Orff, Music Together, and Suzuki, Ms. Kodiak came to the practice of kinesiology with the understanding of how the combination of music and movement can increase the effectiveness of both. Rappin' on the Reflexes is the first of her collections. The next, Moving With the Masters, combines developmental movement narration with the piano music of Bach, Beethoven, Bartok, Byrd, and Schumann, and will be available in 2005. She is also working on a new piano method for children.
Eve Kodiak gives workshops and lectures internationally on music and kinesiology. She lives and practices in New Hampshire, U.S.A., with her husband, son, and piano. You can reach her on the web at www.evekodiak.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.