Musical Skill in Dementia: A Violinist Presumed to Have Alzheimer’s Disease Learns to Play a New Song

  title={Musical Skill in Dementia: A Violinist Presumed to Have Alzheimer’s Disease Learns to Play a New Song},
  author={A Cowles and William W. Beatty and Sara Jo Nixon and Lanna J Lutz and Jason Paulk and Kayla L. Paulk and Elliott D. Ross},
  pages={493 - 503}
Previous studies have described patients with possible or probable Alzheimer’s disease (AD) who continued to play familiar songs skillfully, despite their dementias. There are no reports about patients with dementia who successfully learned to play new songs, and two papers describe failures of patients with AD to learn to play a new song although they continued to play familiar songs competently. In the present paper we describe a moderately demented patient (SL) with probable AD who learned… 

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