Extraordinary Variations of Musicality

Free Public Lecture

Extraordinary Variations of Musicality

Dr Tony Gould Room, Room 216, Contemporary Music
Building 862, Victorian College of the Arts
St Kilda Rd


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T: 83441819


Musical prodigies present with a unique set of abilities that set them apart from their peers, often from an early age. History is replete with examples of musical prodigies whose unique talents and capabilities led to extraordinary accomplishments. Yet surprisingly few scientific studies have sought to delineate the possible underlying neurobiology of musical prodigies.

The intrigue for the neuroscientist is to determine what characteristics and neural predispositions enable musical prodigies to effortlessly achieve what others often struggle to master. The purpose of this talk is to sidestep the nature-nurture debate and to explore the neurobiological foundations of musical giftedness.


  • Professor Isabelle Peretz
    Professor Isabelle Peretz, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada