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December, 20, 2019
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM


Meeting Room W185


If We Learn Like That, Why Do We Practice Like This?

Clinic Synopsis:

There are many myths surrounding the structure of music practice, most of which are attributable to misunderstandings about how our brains form memories for skills and refine those memories over time. This session provides explanations of the fascinating physical machinery that supports the development of procedural memories (memories for how to do things), connecting the neuroscience of learning to the day-to-day experiences of music practice.

Bob Duke - Biographical Information

Bob Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is a University and University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director of the Center for Music Learning. He is also a clinical professor in the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas and was the founding director of the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Dr. Duke’s research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, and his most recent work explores the refinement of procedural memories and the analysis of gaze in teacher-learner interactions. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is the author of Scribe 5 behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction, The Habits of Musicianship, which he co-authored with Jim Byo of Louisiana State University, and Brain Briefs, which he co-authored with Art Markman, his co-host on the public radio program and podcast Two Guys on Your Head, produced by KUT Radio in Austin.