Profile: Jennifer Mishra

Assoc. Prof. of Music Education

I am an associate professor of music education at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. My research focuses on music teacher training and music cognition, especially in the area of musical performance (sight reading, practicing, and memorization). I am a viola player with the Paducah Symphony (KY). I am an active clinician in music education and have been published in journals such as Psychology of Music and the Journal of Research in Music Education.

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Brain & Music: Evidence for Musical Dyslexia

Music education in the western world often emphasizes musical literacy, the ability to read musical notation fluently. But this is not always an easy task – even for professional musicians. Which raises the question: Is there such a thing as musical dyslexia? Dyslexia is a learning disability that occurs when the brain is unable to process written words, even when the person has had proper training in reading. Researchers debate the underlying causes and treatments, but the predominant theory is that people with dyslexia have a problem with phonological processing – the ability to see a symbol (a letter or a phoneme) and relate it to speech sounds. Dyslexia is difficult to diagnose, but it is thought to occur in up to 10% of the population.

Category: Music

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