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Ep. 62: Neurodiversity in the Musical World with Dr. Jackie Dove

Neurodiversity in the Musical World with Dr. Jackie Dove


Neurodiversity in the Musical World with Dr. Jackie Dove


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What is neurodiversity, and how does it impact life for musicians?

For neurotypical musicians, it may not have occurred to consider differences in the neural processing characteristics of their friends or students who seem to have different needs when it comes to learning a new piece, taking on a performance, or working within a solo or ensemble setting. This can become more of an issue when the neurodivergent student/friend is undiagnosed.

This week, we chat with Dr. Jackie Dove as she describes her experiences with self-diagnosis, learning her own learning needs, and returning to the music world in a healthy, productive way. Join us as we learn the best way to support and teach our neurodivergent friends, and how it can cross-apply to better the musical experience for your colleagues and students overall!

Thank you to Dr. Dove for joining Jen and I on this episode of the Tuned and Strong podcast and the 3rd in our series "Interviews with the Performance Health Committee". We are interviewing current members of the National Flute Association Performance Health Committee in this series.

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If you would like to contact Dr. Dove, you can reach her at jdove@mclennan.edu


Do you ever wish composers know the struggles we experienced while playing their pieces?

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