27 March 2019
Practice, Learning, Memory, and the Brain
For more information about subjects covered in this talk, go to Categories in the right-hand column of this blog site, and scroll down to Neuroplasticity, Learning and memory, Memory, Practice, Music cognition, Sleep and Exercise.
And below are books, articles, videos and websites that I mentioned during the presentation, and some I didn’t mention but that may be of interest:
Flippy Cat. Starry Night
Barry Douglas, winner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition.
Allen, S. (2012). Memory Stabilization and Enhancement Following Music Practice. Psychology of Music, 41(6), 794-803.
Cedernaes J. et. al. (2015). Short Sleep Makes Declarative Memories Vulnerable to Stress in Humans. Sleep, 38(12), 1861-1868.
van Dongen, E.V., et. al. (2016). Physical Exercise Performed Four Hours after Learning Improves Memory Retention and Increases Hippocampal Pattern Similarity during Retrieval. Current Biology, 26(13),1722-1727.
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young. 2012. The Woman Who Changed her Brain.
Arrowsmith-Young changed her brain long before the term plasticity was in use, transforming herself from a child with extreme learning disabilities to an adult with above normal cognitive skills. A fascinating read!
Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, Mark McDaniel. 2014. Make it Stick: the science of successful learning
Benedict Carey. 2014. How We Learn: the surprising truth about when, where, and why it happens
Neither the Peter Brown nor Benedict Carey books are about music, but musicians can make use of the information. Both look at recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines to show how much we think we know about learning is wrong. Both give techniques for more productive learning and memory.
Roger Chaffin, Gabriela Imreh, and Mary Crawford. 2012. Practicing Perfection: Memory and Piano Performance. Part of a research series intended for both psychologists and musicians, this book details how an experienced pianist organizes practice, identifies stages in learning, characteristics of expert practice, and practice strategies.
Daniel Coyle. 2009. The Talent Code: greatness isn’t born. it’s grown. here’s how
This book is about extraordinary levels of talent, and how they occur. Coyle is really talking about the myelination of axons in the brain, although he rarely mentions the term.
Norman Doidge. 2007. The Brain that Changes Itself: stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science.
All about neuroplasticity; a collection of case histories detailing stories of individuals who have changed their brains – and their lives – under extraordinary circumstances.
Kay S. Hooper. 2005. Sensory Tune-ups: a guided journal of sensory experiences for performers of all ages. The journal provides a guide for exploring and developing the kinesthetic, visual and auditory senses, to incorporate them more fully in learning and performing.
George Kochevitsky. 1967. The Art of Piano Playing: a scientific approach. Kochevitsky was the first to suggest that we practice with our brains, not our muscles.
Daniel Levitin. 2006. This is Your Brain on Music: the science of a human obsession. The best-selling book about how we experience music and why it plays such a unique role in our lives.
Julie Jaffee Nagel. http://julienagel.net/ Nagel has two degrees in piano from Juilliard and a PhD in psychology from the Univ. of Michigan. In her clinical practice, she works with musicians suffering from performance anxiety as well as other issues. Her book, Managing Stage Fright: a guide for musicians and music teachers, is an invaluable resource for teachers who want to know how to help their students address performance anxiety. You can also access her blog on performance anxiety through her website.
Rebecca Shockley. 1997. Mapping Music: for faster learning and secure memory
Written for piano teachers and students, but the ideas apply to any musician.
www.memorymapformusic.org Website developed by Rebecca Shockley and flutist Melissa Colgin about visual mapping for music.
Neuroscience for Kids Website from the University of Washington. Aimed at kids, but great for everyone.