Musical Celebrity Profiles
Here's a list of performers and composers who hit some high notes in their careers. Each of them also happened to live with a disability. Their unique combination of intelligences -- strengths as well as weaknesses -- made them such successful people.
Pop star and Academy Award-winning actress. You know she's an outrageous dresser, but did you know she's dyslexic?
Russian pianist, composer, and conductor. He had a learning disability.
German composer and music critic. A hand injury forced him to abandon a career as a pianist. He had a mental illness.
Celebrated Israeli violinist. He contracted polio as a child.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Revolutionary German composer who lost his hearing as an adult. Though he could no longer perform, he continued to compose works of great depth and complexity.
Award-winning singer, composer, producer, arranger, and instrumentalist. He signed his first record deal at age 10. He has been blind since birth.
What do your kids think?
Ask your kids if they can think of any famous people who have high musical intelligence. Start them off with a few familiar names:
Brought to you by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Source: Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom by Thomas Armstrong (ASCD 1994)