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Research is revealing a link between musicians and memory skills. What does that mean for the rest of us?

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It’s a familiar story to fans of classical music: You take a novice to a piano concert, where you revel in the majesty of the music and the virtuosity of the performer. Afterwards, you discover your friend has also been awed — but for an entirely different reason. “Wow!” they exclaim. “How did she remember

It’s a legitimate question. Memorizing an evening’s worth of Mozart is “a huge memory feat,” according to Lynn Helding, a mezzo-soprano and a professor of voice at the University of Southern California. “The average vocal recital is 65 minutes of music —…

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