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ERIC Number: ED119435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 166
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An Exploration of Perceptual and Cognitive Processes Involved in Piano Study with Implications for Learning Disabled Children.
Gilles, Dorothy Cordes
The perceptual and cognitive processes involved in learning to play the piano are examined as sources of confusion and problems which might be encountered by the young learning disabled piano student. The paper is reported to be based on personal observations during private piano instruction, published and unpublished literature, and a summer workshoP on teaching learning disabled children to play the piano; and some of the technical terms from the fields of music, psychology, and learning disabilities are defined. A survey of related research covers the topics of the functions of the central nervous system during piano playing and the processes and problems involved in reading music from the score. In a third chapter, the data from teaching experiences is presented in the form of case studies to illustrate the implications of topic areas from the previous chapter for learning disabled children (7-15 years old). Among conclusions were that the processing of the verbal language used in music is probably similar to that of verbal language processing in other subjects; therefore, to be successful in understanding musical language, the child probably needs language integrities; and that there is need for further research in the area of music and the learning disabled child. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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