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Art in Motion

Musical and Athletic Motor Learning and Performance

Edited By Adina Mornell

Musicians tend to believe that the mystery of their art cannot be objectively studied, quantified, or explained. As a result, the term «motor learning» is rarely used in connection with musicians, and an empirical approach to musical performance is more the exception than the rule. Sports scientists, however, show a great interest in musicians because of their advanced skill level and the attentional and emotional demands of the concert stage. This work combines knowledge across disciplines. Advances toward an understanding of human behavior and cognition offer clues to strategies of motor learning and performance that promote the well-being of musicians and athletes. This book provides a forum for an interdisciplinary exchange of research, laying the groundwork for future projects.


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The University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) organizes lecture series and symposiums featuring experts from around the world. These events both facilitate a direct exchange of ideas between our international guests and our resident professionals, as well as provide our junior scientists with a communicative forum in which to present their research results. Graz has thus become a location for serious scholarship, and our university has established itself within the scientific community. Art in Motion is a prime example of breathing life into the strategic policy put forth in our three-year development plan for the years 2009 to 2012: here written theory became live experience. Participants of all academic standings, from diverse nations of both the American and European continents, brought knowledge to discussions that grappled with important research questions and crossed disciplinary lines. This book goes far beyond the academic proceedings one usually expects from a symposium. The aim of this publication is not only to present the content of the talks, refined and revised after feedback received in Graz, but it also aims to reflect the interdisciplinary discussions that ensued during the course of the event. I personally appreciate and acclaim the effort made here to provide practical examples as to how the presented information can “cross over” to the other side: from sports to music or from music to sports. Of the basic responsibilities and missions of any university, one of the most important is to provide the public with a lasting...

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