Postmorbid Learning of Saxophone Playing in a Patient With Frontotemporal Dementia
Some patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) show an artistic enhancement of musical abilities. However, no patients with FTD, to date, have been reported to be able to learn how to play a musical instrument after disease onset. Herein we describe a patient (J. K.) who had never played any musical instruments premorbidly, but who learned to play the saxophone after being diagnosed with a behavioral variant of FTD. He mastered a repertoire that consisted of 10 pieces of Korean folk songs over a period of three years. Furthermore, his saxophone skills were high enough to outperform other students in his class.
Music and Health Institute Terms
Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Playing an Instrument; Recreative Music Methods
Frontal Lobe; Frontotemporal Dementia; Learning; Motor Skills; Neuropsychological Tests; artistic talent; frontotemporal dementia; musical abilities; musical instrument; saxophone
Case Study; Qualitative Methods
Cho, H.; Chin, J.; Suh, M. K.; Kim, H. J.; Kim, Y. J.; Ye, B. S.; Lee, N. K.; Kim, E. J.; Seo, S. W.; and Na, D. L., "Postmorbid Learning of Saxophone Playing in a Patient With Frontotemporal Dementia" (2015). Research on Music and Dementia. 304.