The Use of Music to Facilitate Learning in a Class of Multihandicapped Cerebral Palsy Preschool Children

  • Marianne Berel


A number of years ago, I had been a volunteer in a Mental Institution where I was asked to give some piano lessons to a middle-aged woman, who had not spoken for 15 years and had forgotten her name. She liked to go to church, so I chose short 4 part Bach chorals for her to practice. While working with her I tried to analyze it a little by playing the various voices separately and by pointing out the intricacies of each voice - yet fitting together. After a few weeks the woman in charge told me that my pupil had begun to speak again and remembered her name.


Cerebral Palsy Handicapped Child Music Therapy Musical Activity Black Cape 


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    R. Arnheim, “Toward A Psychology of Art,” University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles (1967).Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marianne Berel
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  1. 1.United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, Inc.New YorkUSA

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