Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Neuroscience and Music: Developing a Healthier and More Effective Practice Regimen
by Cotter, Nicholas Maxwell, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 43; 10264442
Abstract (Summary)

The study of music performance is one that requires a great deal of time spent practicing independently. However, managing that practice time effectively is a challenge for student musicians and professional performers alike. A multifaceted approach to this problem, based on neuroscience principles, is proposed for making practice sessions more efficient and productive.

The purpose of this project is to answer one overarching research question: How can musicians achieve more efficient and better-informed practice sessions through an understanding of neuroscience research findings and principles? By gathering, synthesizing, and expanding upon previous research in the fields of neurobiology and music performance, this paper focuses on three important elements of the independent practice session - approaching new or unfamiliar pieces, scheduling practice time, and memorizing music.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thies, Tamara T.
Commitee: Goode-Castro, Helen, Hickman, Roger, Urso, Rena
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Neurosciences, Music, Pedagogy
Keywords: Brain, Learning, Neuroscience, Performance, Practice
Publication Number: 10264442
ISBN: 978-1-369-80511-6
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