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Listening as discovery learning

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/01/1989
<mark>Journal</mark>Contemporary Music Review
Issue number1
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)327-340
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Much current work in musical cognition is based on the notion of grammar, but there are problems in using this as a basis for modeling the process of listening as one of parsing. Not only are there unresolved issues in modeling listeners’ abilities to accommodate a multiplicity of musical styles, including novel styles, but also problems occur in modeling the recognition of recurrent patterns in a suitably flexible way. Discovery and learning are found to have a crucial role in the listening process, and so should be at the heart of a listening model. Learning models from other domains of cognitive science offer a potential basis for such models. This is illustrated through a model, based on Thagard and Holyoak's PI (“Processes of Induction”) system to learn the concept of beat by exposure to a metrical sequence of taps. Possibilities for the development of more sophisticated musical models along similar lines are explored.