Is there a neurological basis for musical expertise?

Learning to play the guitar. Music education and extracurricular lessons. Guitarist

Is there a neurological basis for musical expertise? Scientists have long speculated about the biological basis for musical expertise. Literature on neuroscience has researched expert behaviour in many fields, including music and the acquisition of musical skills. The essential questions remain— does musical activity increase the activation in a given area or does it decrease,…

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Try harder or try differently?

Try harder or try differently? Deliberate practice Malcom Gladwell (Gladwell, 2011) popularised the notion that it takes 10,000 hours to get good at anything. Ericsson and Pool (Ericsson  et al., 2016) refute the idea claiming that it insufficiently describes the activities and tasks required during those 10,000 hours. Furthermore, Ericsson and Pool dispute that it…

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Acquiring high levels of expertise in instrumental music: Deliberate practice

Music Education Research

DELIBERATE practice: What predicts level of expertise attained, quality of performance, and future musical aspirations in young instrumental players?  Deliberate Practice The expertise and deliberate practice paradigm (Ericsson, Krampe, & Tesch-Römer, 1993) proposes that the amount of deliberate practice one has completed will determine the level of success and quality of performance. The research of…

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Instrumental Learning: Is early age a key to success?

Instrumental Learning: Is early age a key to success? The small study by Jorgensen (2001) applied elements of deliberate practice and expertise theory (Ericsson, Krampe, & Tesch-Römer, 1993) to a group of conservatoire students. The study aimed at finding if starting age for instrumental lessons is a predictor of future instrumental achievement.

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