Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Learning to Read Music Enhances Visual and Motor Skills

“Repetitive movement and practices with perceptual-motor skills will help a child become an independent learner.”

 In the classical music tradition, knowing how to read music is  an essential skill and is seen as a fundamental component to develop when learning to play the piano. This research’s focus is to study the possible impact of the different teaching approach on the acquisition of initial reading skills. By using cognitive modeling, we are hoping to observe through computer simulation the problem solving and decision making tasks involved in decoding a simple musical score. The paper introduces the Middle-C and Intervallic methods followed by a description of an ACT-R cognitive model and simulation results upon learning with each of the piano methods.

Emond, Bruno, and Gilles Comeau.N.D. “Cognitive modeling of early music reading skill acquisition for piano: A comparison of the Middle-C and Intervallic methods.” Cognitive Systems Research.

Comment: I have been involved in music since third grade and have personally benefitted from learning to play an instrument and singing in many ways. It is interesting how research shows the importance of music to academics and the development of perceptual motor would make sense to ensure that the music program is the last to be cut from any school curriculum. If only the politicians would listen, read the research and understand the importance of music in academia. The full article is available by clicking the title above. My thanks to NeuroNet Learning for this info. DM

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