Multimodal interaction underlying piano playing-based rehabilitation
Playing a musical instrument is a complex and demanding activity, that involves the use and interaction of different skills, from motor coordination to hearing and visual perception, proprioception as well as spatial awareness. The multimodal interaction underlying musical instrument playing, as well as auditory-motor interaction is likely to drive new and promote the recovery of damaged auditory-motor processes and skills. This motivated the use of music instrument playing in the rehabilitation of motor disorders resulting from neuronal damage during development. We will present results of experimental studies investigating the effect of piano playing in the development of sensorimotor skills in patients with cerebral palsy. The contribution of auditory information to rehabilitation will be discussed.