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Music and The Brain

Bob Duke in his office seated on the burnt orange leather couch that was given to him by legendary Longhorn Band director Vincent DiNino. Photo by Marsha Miller.

Bob Duke in his office seated on the burnt orange leather couch that was given to him by legendary Longhorn Band director Vincent DiNino.
Photo by Marsha Miller.

Q+A with Professor Bob Duke on how studying the brains of musicians can teach us more about how we learn.

Can playing a musical instrument make you a genius? Probably not, says Bob Duke, director of the Center for Music Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, but it is giving your brain a great workout.

“Few activities engage the brain like music does,” said Duke, who for 32 years has led classes and national research on music and the brain. “My focus throughout my career has been on learning and human behavior. And because I am a musician, I do that in the context of studying music makers.” Full story.

Sara Robberson Lentz (UT News) / March 15, 2017

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