Test Your Child/Student's Attention Span and Learn How to Improve It.Hellene Hiner Copyright @2016
The most important material for teachers and parents. Overcoming short attention span before it is too late.
Why children are inattentive?
How does the attention of children of preschool age really work?
What are the most effective ways to develop children's attention?
This material is for music teachers and the parents who care about the best future of children, living in a world of flashing images.
Using the Hiner method, you can measure your student’s focus level using exact numbers as well as develop his or her attention span from scratch, even if the child is just 2 years old.
With the Soft Mozart software, you can get a better picture of how each stage of attention span development works for a beginning student. Professional teachers will also be able to more accurately assess the degree of readiness of student attention span to solve major problems in music education.
Read more about our findings below and draw your own observations with the help of our materials and tools. Recording and analyzing the results will give you a better understanding of this article as well as will help you track your student’s work progress through exact numbers.
What is Attention?
Attention is energy directed towards solving a specific problem.
What are the kinds of problems faced by attention?
Problems are divided into physical and superstructural.
Physical problems are objective challenges towards which the energy of attention is used first. These include specifics of sensory perception associated with physiological and neuropsychological human limitations.
Physiological human limitations include the following:
- ability to hear a certain number of sound wave oscillations;
- ability to see with a certain amount of light;
- ability to control one’s muscles in a particular way, etc.
Neurophysiological limitations include the following:
- particular functions of human nervous system;
- psychology of perception;
- developmental hierarchy of neural connections in human brain.
A lack of understanding of the essence of physical characteristics of the student's attention can lead to unrealistic requirements, which, in turn, can affect his confidence, self-esteem, and result in frustration and loss of motivation to learn.
Thus, if the student's attention is fully engaged in finger coordination development, by demanding to pay attention to rhythm as well as to nuances, we purposelessly overload his brain.
Naturally, a baby’s strongest fingers are his index (pointing to others) finger and his thumb (pointing to oneself). With the help of 3D equipment, by observing a baby’s development in a mother’s womb, we can see how he prepares himself to suck mother's milk with the help of the thumb and the index finger. After birth, he makes extensive use of the index finger during the pre-speech period to show what he wants.
That is exactly why the Gentle Piano Module emphasizes playing with the index finger at initial stages of learning.
Even professional pianists face physical problems. Thus, attention of a concert pianist is first concentrated on the degree of impact force depending on how "tight " or "light" the piano keys are, the specific nuances of using a pedal, the acoustics of a concert hall, and so on.
Just like a driver must first adapt to a new car, a pianist must get used to a new instrument.
Superstructural problems are mostly associated with our abstract thinking: the ability to analyze, evaluate, make decisions, impact action, and create.
Example: once an artists overcomes physical problems and adapts to his instrument, he can pay closer attention to solving superstructural (creative) problems. He can concentrate on artistic interpretation, image, and character of a music piece.
By the same token, the driver who got used to his new car, can pay closer attention to directions, conversations with passengers or listening to music.
The energy of attention can be compared to that of money. This analogy makes it easier to understand how it is distributed and how it works.
Main Characteristics of Attention.
Frustration and Cramming.
Attention and Motor Skills
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