I have a lot of thoughts on your hypothesis.
First, your definition of "more persistent" and "less persistent." Are
you basing this on number of hours practicing, number of years
playing...?? What are your criteria?
Secondly, what will be your definition of great v. not-so-great? You
use the example of making the right sounds. Do you mean playing the
right notes? If so, then you cannot consider Horowitz (or was it
Rubenstein?) a great pianist because by his own admission, he hit a lot
of wrong notes a lot of the times.
What about one's physical limitations? WIll you consider these?
Example, I have a small hand and it was difficult for me to reach much
beyond an octave on the piano. Did that make me a less-persistent or
less-good musician in your estimation?
Just a few immediate thoughts. I'm sure I'll have more later.
Harriet B. Jacobster, Au.D.
Board Certified in Audiology
Lyric Audiology, pllc
"Bringing Words and Music to Your Ears"
Daniel Ladwig wrote:
I originally planned to do my project on
intelligence differences between musicians and non-musicians..but I
thought that was too fague and we already know that musicians have a
bigger IQ then other people.
I decided to do my study on..well here
is my hypothesis: More persistent musicians have higher IQ's then less
So instead of looking at people who do and
don't play music..we can look at people that both play but some
musicians may be at reading, making the right sounds and putting a lot
of musicianship into the music. Think of great musicians like Charlie
Parker and Gene Krupa..just by listening to how they play, you must
believe that they were geniuses.
I was think of taking 25 good
musicians and 25 not so good musicians and give them some kind of IQ
test and playing ability test..not sure what kind yet..got any tips on
that? There are probably factors involved? (maybe being lazy, not
wanting to practice or wanting to be the best...other than a not so
good musician's IQ.) Maybe some physiological and mentel aspects
If not that idea, do you have any good ideas
around that kind of field??
you have any tips or ideas and places where I can get some research on
these narrow topic PLEASE let me know! If you have any other good idea
also please let me know!
I'm a psychology major at CSU Chico working on my
BA right now. I plan to go to a grad school to get my Ph.D in Cognitive
~Dan T. Ladwig