First Advisor

Sarah Key-DeLyria

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Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Speech and Hearing Sciences and University Honors


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. Research has identified how music has played a positive role in recovery from traumatic brain injury, learning different languages, and refining skills. 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.


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