Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



First Advisor

David Korevaar

Second Advisor

Alejandro Cremaschi

Third Advisor

Robert Hill


Skill-acquisition and expertise research have revealed a wealth of information about the processes students use to gain expertise in a wide variety of fields, including music. Some of the most interesting theories to come out of this field of research are psychological- and cognitive-science-based descriptions of superior expert memory. This project examines some of the most prominent of these theories and suggests ways in which piano teachers can use their findings to teach in a way that maximizes the potential for growth in the memory skills of their students.