What do you call a drummer with only one
Drummers need to focus on a lot more than
just the rhythm. They also need to focus on the interactions between
musicians, phrasing, counter phrasing, dynamics, the idiosyncrasies across
musicians, audience reaction (or lack thereof), the comfort level of the
singers (a slight tempo adjustment may be needed when the vocalist can’t
get out all of the words), balance, blend, technique, tone quality, tuning,
psychoacoustical conflicts in the bands mix, reaction time, etc., etc.
Actually, it takes a good measure of skill
and a reasonable intellect to be a drummer.
I’d keep them in your study.
House Ear Institute
From: AUDITORY - Research in Auditory Perception
[mailto:AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Harriet B. Jacobster, AuD
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2008 2:24
Subject: Re: Musician's IQ
Some more thoughts (promised I'd have them).
Drummers v keyboardists v wind players. What are the differences among
them and does this affect "IQ?" Drummers (or in general
percussionists) focus is on the rhythmic aspect of music. Keyboardists
have to coordinate two lines of music and two hands and extreme muscle fine
muscle control. Wind players have just one line of music and, well, less
two-handed than keyboardists.
And where conductors fit it? They have to hear a multitude of timbres,
notes, rhythms, etc., etc. Makes me dizzy.
The variables are overwhelming.
More to follow, I'm sure.
Harriet B. Jacobster, Au.D.
Board Certified in Audiology
Lyric Audiology, pllc
"Bringing Words and Music to Your Ears"
Brian Gygi wrote:
"Musicians have a bigger IQ than other
Hmm...not the musicians *I* used to play
with. Certainly not the drummers.
Seriously, I don't see any reason to think
that musicians would have *higher* IQs than "other people." The
mental abilities measured by the IQ - analytical thinking, memory capacity -
are not unique to musicians. One might argue that you cannot be a good musician
without them, but then you get into the slippery definition of what is a
"good" musician, e.g., what are "right notes" (how
about Charlie Parker when he was skroning)? What is musicianship?
Of course classically trained musicians who
have had hours of ear training, sight reading and been forced to memorize long
pieces will likely score better on the IQ test than normal controls, but is
that an ability related to being a musician or just a result of being forced to
do mentally challenging tasks? Are these people any more musicians than a
naturally gifted musician who cannot sight read and is by most measures dumb as
If you operationalize the definitions quite
a bit you might get a testable hypothesis. But my advice -
don't test drummers.
Veterans Affairs Northern
CAlifornia Health Care System
From: Daniel Ladwig [mailto:clarinetbuddy8@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, August 8, 2008 01:10
Subject: Rethinking my psychology
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
I decided to do my study on..well here is my hypothesis: More persistent
musicians have higher IQ's then less persistent musicians.
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 involved.
If not that idea, do you have any good ideas around
that kind of field??
If 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