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Robert Duke, The University of Texas at Austin, USA: Music learning through multiple lenses

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  • Distinguished Lecture
When Apr 17, 2014
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Tanna Schulich Hall, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke Street West.
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The lecture will take place in Tanna Schulich Hall, followed by a wine and cheese reception in room A832 & A833 (8th floor of the New Music Building).


Deepening our understanding of the processes engaged during music learning is of interest to practicing musicians, teachers, psychologists, and neuroscientists. Yet, we are just beginning to effectively connect the information available from these seemingly disparate constituencies and to convey how recent findings about procedural memory formation and the refinement of skills help illuminate the ongoing work of those who actively participate in music practice and music pedagogy. In this talk, I will discuss approaches to research that connect our knowledge of the underlying principles of human learning and memory to the long-held traditions and intuitive understandings of music practice and pedagogy. 



Robert Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director of the Center for Music Learning. He is also a director of the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. The most recent recipient of MTNA's Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award, Dr. Duke has directed national research efforts under the sponsorship of such organizations as the National Piano Foundation and the International Suzuki Institute. His research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, and his most recent work explores procedural memory consolidation and the cognitive processes engaged during musical improvisation. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is the author of Scribe 4 behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction and The Habits of Musicianship, which he co-authored with Jim Byo of Louisiana State University.  



APA video citation: 

Duke, R. (2014, June 2). Music learning through multiple lenses -
CIRMMT Distinguished Lectures in the Science and Technology of Music. [Video file].
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