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John Sloboda

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198530121

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530121.001.0001

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Experimental Studies of Music Reading: A Review

Experimental Studies of Music Reading: A Review

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(p.27) Chapter 2 Experimental Studies of Music Reading: A Review
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Exploring the Musical Mind
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John Sloboda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530121.003.0002

The psychological study of music reading is atypical of music perception studies in two ways. First, this chapter identifies a clearly defined behavioral goal in most non-laboratory music reading situations. This is not the case for many music listening behaviours. Second, the object of perception is visual, not auditory. The first of these features provides the investigator with some advantages; the second poses some problems. Both merit further comment. The most common goal of music reading is the production of a coherent musical performance. The reader converts the visual input into a set of prescriptions for performance — he finds out which notes to play, in which sequence and combination they are to occur, and much else. In this central case the goal is a performance that must satisfy certain conditions, and behavioural measures capable of shedding some light on the underlying cognitive processes can be derived from quantifiable aspects of the performance.

Keywords:   music reading, music perception, musical performance, music listening, cognitive processes

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