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Title: The Appropriate or Optimal Tempo for Music: A Comparison between Non-Musicians and Musicians
Author(s): Quinn, Sandra
Watt, Roger
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Keywords: music
optimal tempo
musicians and non-musicians
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Date Deposited: 19-Feb-2016
Citation: Quinn S & Watt R (2013) The Appropriate or Optimal Tempo for Music: A Comparison between Non-Musicians and Musicians. Perception, 42 (6), pp. 678-680.
Abstract: Musicians have enhanced skills that result from intensive training. Whilst musicians show enhanced auditory capabilities (Kraus and Chandrasekaran, 2010Nature Reviews Neuroscience11599–605), non-musicians demonstrate an ability to perform musical tasks (eg listening, dancing, and singing). Non-musicians can also undertake tasks that would normally be reserved for musicians. For example, non-musicians can perceive optimal tempi (ie an appropriate speed) for music (Quinn and Watt, 2006Perception35267–280; Quinn and Watt, 2012Perception41236–238; Quinn et al, 2012Journal of the Acoustical Society of America1313595–3598). This suggests that formalised musical training is not a prerequisite for developing a sense of the tempo that sounds right for a melody. The current studies examine this issue and compare the tempo that musicians choose to perform unfamiliar melodies with the tempo that non-musicians perceive to be optimal for the same melodies. The results demonstrate that the perceived optimal tempo is similar to the performed tempo.
DOI Link: 10.1068/p7435
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