How Does Music Notation Change Our Brains?

January 22, 2011

The clear-thinking Nicholas Carr is talking about processes that, in modern Western music, have a specific application. Thanks to different synaptic paths that are developed in the process of achieving music-reading proficiency, actual physical changes in the brain inevitably take place. Just as verbal literacy decreased our ability to memorize the exact words of epics and sagas, something is gained and lost in musical literacy. Should this temper people’s concerns about the new ways in which young people are processing music?

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