Date of Award
Speech and Hearing Sciences
Music -- Instruction and study -- Case studies, Learning ability, Musicians, Memory, Neuroplasticity, Cognitive neuroscience
The relationship between music and brain physiological changes have been explored extensively (Fields, 2011; François, Grau-Sánchez, Duarte, & Rodriguez-Fornells, 2015). Research has identified how music has played a positive role in recovery from traumatic brain injury (Baker, Wigram, & Gold, 2005; Francois, & Schon, 2011), learning different languages (Creech 2008), and refining skills (Creech 2008). However, there has been a lack of research regarding the relationship between music and the accuracy of learning. In this study, we have performed an assessment of learning comparing five college-age musicians and five college-age nonmusicians. We did not find a significant difference between groups, perhaps due to the small sample size, the lack of specificity in type of instrumentation, or specific musical experience characteristics. Results are discussed with regard to the literature on musical training, sight reading ability, instrument specific literature and learning ability.
Drapela, Emily M., "Learning Assessment of Accuracy of Learning between Musicians and Nonmusicians" (2017). University Honors Theses. Paper 410.