Music on the Mind

Genetic basis of singing: twins and musical ability

Music on the Mind


Does genetics influence musical ability?

While music is ubiquitous to all known human cultures, individual differences in music ability have sparked intense debates regarding the relative importance of nature and nurture in shaping music ability.

Singing is an ideal paradigm for investigating the genetic basis of music ability. Using an online twin study and a set of singing tasks, this Music on the Mind investigates the genetic basis of singing by disentangling the contribution of genetic and environmental influences.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and the Music, Mind and Wellbeing initiative at the University of Melbourne


This production is part of the following series:

Talking About Music

If you want to go deeper into what makes music work or the effect it has on our mind and wellbeing, Melbourne Recital Centre regularly presents informative and entertaining talks.