Crystallized sensory-motor skills of musicians enable artistic and virtuosic music performance that has fascinated people over centuries. The long-term musical training endows fine and complex motor control, superior error monitoring and correction, vast memory, and integration of information across different sensory modalities. However, at the expense of the skill acquisition, neurological disorders represented by focal dystonia can emerge, which crucially exacerbate sensory-motor functions. To shed light on mechanisms behind both skilled and unskilled behaviors of musicians as well as the underlying neuroplastic changes, an interdisciplinary approach is necessary.
The present Research Topic aims to bring together state-of-art knowledge derived from the recent studies using diverse cutting-edge empirical techniques such as functional and structural neuroimaging, transcranial stimulation, psychophysics, and movement analysis, toward a goal of deepening the understanding of sensory-motor control and learning of music performance. Furthermore, novel therapeutic approaches using music performance, which recently receive increasing attention, will be included to probe potential impacts of music performance on recovery from neurological disorder. We believe that this Research Topic will bridge over researchers with different backgrounds, which should be ingredients for boosting this interdisciplinary research area.