Articles about Musical Ability

Common Problems (and Solutions) for Developing Saxophonists
Canadian Music Educator (2015) Vol. 56, No. 4, pp. 38-42

In this article, I address three major concerns music teachers often present to me when I work with their saxophone students: tone, intonation, and articulation. After addressing issues concerning equipment, I discuss the likely causes of various problems within these ...

"Swooping in to Save the Day": Investigating the Effects on Musical Identity of a Choral Collaboration Between Amateur and Professional Singers
Visions of Research in Music Education (2015) Vol. 26, pp. 1-21

Choral singing by amateur musicians forms a significant part of the Western Art Music tradition in the United Kingdom. Professional singers conventionally inhabit a different performance sphere to their amateur counterparts, with substantially different motivations for making music. There is ...

Superior Pitch Identification Ability Is Associated With Better Executive Functions
Psychomusicology (2014) Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 136-146

Previous research has found that musicians with absolute pitch showed better cognitive functions. Little is known, however, about how pitch identification (PI) ability is linked to cognitive functions among non-musicians. In the present study, a PI test and 8 tests ...