Can Skillful Engagement with Music Affect Social Learning and Development? Evidence and Implications
Published data in the journal Nature (Gardiner et al, 1996) and more recent data, some of it published (Gardiner, 2000), some as yet unpublished, will be reviewed. These data show evidence that music skill learning can affect not only musical but also social learning and development. A developing theory that can account for these interactions (Gardiner, 2000, 2002, 2007) will be reviewed. Interactions between musical skill and social learning can provide a potentially valuable new window for studying how humans learn and develop their social capabilities. This and related research also supports the possibility that musical and other arts can have had important impact on social development at many times throughout cultural history.
Keywords: Musical Engagement, Musical Skill, Social Skill, Learning, Brain Mechanisms, Cultural Hostory
Dr. Martin Gardiner
Visiting Research Associate, Center for the Study of Human Development, Brown University