Effects of meter and serial position on memory retrieval during music performance

Brian Mathias*, Caroline Palmer, Peter Q Pfordresher, Maxwell F Anderson

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Effects of musical meter on memory retrieval in music performance were investigated. The range model, a formal model of memory retrieval in music performance, proposes that metrical similarity influences retrieval during sequence production. This assumption was tested by examining production errors in skilled pianists' performance of novel musical pieces. Pieces were practice to a note-perfect criterion and subsequently performed at fast and medium musical tempi. The relative metrical accent strength of musical events influenced error rates. Effects of metrical accent on accuracy interacted with production rate; performance of metrically weak events was affected by tempo, but performance of the most strongly accented events was not. These findings indicate influences of higher-order event relationship on memory retrieval during production, consistent with theories of expert memory in music performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2011
EditorsAaron Williamon, Darryl Edwards, Lee Bartel
PublisherUtrecht: European Association of Conservatoires (AEC)
ISBN (Electronic)9789490306021
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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International Symposium on Performance Science ISBN 978-94-90306-02-1
© The Author 2011, Published by the AEC All rights reserved


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