Music, Mind, and Brain
The Cognitive Basis of Musical Expertise: Are Musicians Born or Made?
Saturday, May 26, 2012,
1:50 PM - 2:35 PM
To what extent is musical ability the result of genetic endowment versus environmental variables? Several studies have shown that a large proportion of variance is accounted for by practice, but others have identified a genetic basis. I'll review these studies, Ericsson's 10,000 rule, and the results of psychobiographical interviews to understand the relation between nature and nurture in music.
Daniel Levitin in the news: The Wall Street Journal (Nov 9, 2011) , The New York Times (Jan 25, 2012) , and NPR (Feb 21, 2012).