What do you
call a drummer with only one
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
musicians, audience reaction (or lack thereof), the comfort level of
singers (a slight tempo adjustment may be needed when the vocalist
get out all of the words), balance, blend, technique, tone quality,
psychoacoustical conflicts in the bands mix, reaction time, etc., etc.
takes a good measure of skill
and a reasonable intellect to be a drummer.
them in your study.
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
muscle control. Wind players have just one line of music and, well,
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
musicians *I* used to play
with. Certainly not the drummers.
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
are not unique to musicians. One might argue that you cannot be a good
without them, but then you get into the slippery definition of what is
"good" musician, e.g., what are "right notes" (how
about Charlie Parker when he was skroning)? What is musicianship?
classically trained musicians who
have had hours of ear training, sight reading and been forced to
pieces will likely score better on the IQ test than normal controls,
that an ability related to being a musician or just a result of being
do mentally challenging tasks? Are these people any more musicians
naturally gifted musician who cannot sight read and is by most measures
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
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 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
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.
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!
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 Neuroscience.