Daniel Levitin enseigne à l'Université McGill.
Malgré leur génie, des artistes comme Neil Young, Paul Simon, K.D. Lang ou Stevie Wonder pensent que leur succès est accidentel. La plupart d'entre eux estiment même que des milliers d'autres musiciens sont beaucoup plus talentueux et qu'ils ne sont pas connus parce que moins chanceux qu'eux. Chose certaine, les musiciens qui réussissent sont persévérants. Ils travaillent fort et essaient, essaient encore, malgré de multiples échecs.
La musique pour maître à penser

I think we've debunked the myth of talent. It doesn't appear that there's anything like a music gene or center in the brain that Stevie Wonder has that nobody else has.
There's no evidence that (talented people) have a different brain structure or different wiring than the rest of us initially, although we do know that becoming an expert in anything -- like chess or race-car driving or journalism -- does change the brain and creates circuitry that's more efficient at doing what you're an expert at.
What there might be is a genetic or neural predisposition toward things like patience and eye-hand coordination. (On the other hand), you can be born with a physiology that gives you a pleasant-sounding voice, but that doesn't guarantee you'll have a career as a singer.
Music Makes Your Brain Happy


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Son livre This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession