Music and IQ

David Webber dave at
Wed Sep 27 06:32:08 EST 2000

David McKay <musicke at> wrote in message
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> Musical performers are usually pretty cluey geezers.
> And reading music requires a certain intelligence.
> One problem...

I think you have something.  The best classical performers are usually very
intelligent people but to get there you have to do a LOT of practice which
is often - for want of a better word - boring.   It probably takes a very
special kind of person to get past this.

Also you can be a scientist and still get satisfaction playing music: it
doesn't work the other way round.  Of course the satisfaction is always
tempereed by the fact that you wish you could play something better - but I
suspect that is always the case no matter how good you get :-)

Dave Webber
Author of MOZART the Music Processor for Windows -
Member of the North Cheshire Concert Band

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