Music Acquisition and Effects of Musical Experience

Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 36)


Rather little is known about how children acquire musical knowledge. However, everyday exposure to the music of one’s culture does lead to implicit knowledge about its pitch and rhythmic structure, just as exposure to a particular language leads to implicit knowledge about its structure. While all children attend school with the goal of becoming literate, some children engage in formal music training whereas others do not. Thus music offers the opportunity to compare the effects of a wide range of experiences (Trehub and Trainor 1998).


Phonological Awareness Gamma Band Musical Training Absolute Pitch Musical Experience 



The writing of this chapter was supported by grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Grammy Foundation. We thank Terri Lewis and Andrea Unrau for insightful comments on an earlier draft.


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  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & BehaviourMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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