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Research: Musicians are first to fix mistakes

A study at Edinburgh university indicates that people with musical training are quicker than others to spot mistakes and fix them. The survey was carried out with amateur musicians. The conclusion is that music education makes you sharper at work.

Read it here.


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  1. Were musicians the only artists tested? I’d be very interested in seeing how others rated — especially dancers.

    • Good point. Music and dance education and preparation are detail oriented and very much geared to diagnosing and correcting errors, and through a repetitive process (even if the teaching itself may be predicated on flawed technical principles). I love that sly aside re: conductors (especially if they are the type that treat their orchestra like a passengerless freight train).

  2. I know a lot of the big corporates, particularly people like PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG will employ and train people with music degrees and/or who can play an instrument to a high level as it shows both discipline and an ability to apply oneself to the task, so hence transferable skills in a financial environment where a sharpness in the workplace, all being equal of course, is needed. Don’t know about dancers in that situation.

  3. Gabor Fuchs says:

    Two giants of 20 th century music- Horowitz and Richter- were many times depressed,but their love of art and music helped them to get out of it every time.

  4. Debashish Sharma says:

    I hate to be a pedant, but the study was actually carried out at St Andrews University.

    You should be able to access the paper from this link although be warned that the paper is currently an uncorrected proof.

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