Repetition Without Repetition: How Bernstein Illumines Motor Skill in Music Performance

Part of the Cognitive Systems Monographs book series (COSMOS, volume 25)


This chapter presents a basic overview of Bernsteinian motor control theory, with particular reference to the performance of classical music. Key points include contrasts with Pavlovian approaches, the interdependence of action and perception, the centrality of goals and intentions, the role of repetition, and the nature of dexterity. Specific applications to motor training for musicians are sketched.


Motor control Repetition Music performance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carnegie Mellon UniversitySchool of MusicPittsburghUSA

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