Book Definition:

The ability to perform, compose, and appreciate musical patterns, including patterns of rhythms and pitches.

In Your Own Words


  • A full understanding of music; the patterns, pitches and rhythm of the sound.
  • Being able to appreciate, preform and compose music.
  • Those who have a high level of musical-rhythmic intelligence display greater sensitivity to sounds, rhythms, tones, and music. and are able to differentiate between sounds, and frequencies, and tones.

Examples/Functions


  • Musical performance and composition prodigies; Yo-yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Lizt, Schubert, Handel, Brahms, Mozart, Wang Leehom, etc..
  • Someone with perfect pitch is said to have a high musical intelligence. (an example: Andrew Gordon)
  • Mozart.
  • Someone who can sing at any pitch or someone who has mastered playing piano, guitar, trumpet, or another instrument.
  • Someone who can easily determine musical elements like form, texture, key, tonality, and timbre when listening to a musical composition.
  • someone who can listen to a song play and then go play that song on a given instrument with out any sheet music.
  • Simply being able to read music

Additional Resources


  1. http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/4-5-2005-68163.asp