Hand asymmetry: A study of young string players' finger dexterity

Judith A. Palac, David W. Sogin

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The present study seeks to discover whether or not young string players increase their finger dexterity, as measured by the 9-Hole Pegboard Test, with age and playing experience, shedding more insight on the question of whether or not finger dexterity is an underlying motor ability in string performance. A total of 43 participants, all right-handed string players, was randomly selected from a weeklong Suzuki summer camp and a community music school to participate in this study. The participants were placed in three groups. Group 1 (n=14) consisted of 7-9-year-olds, group 2 (n=10), 10-12-year-olds, and group 3 (n-19), 13-15-year-olds. Results indicate that statistically significant differences were found between the right and left hands (p≤.01) across all three groups, between some groups (p≤.01), and between some years of musical experience, p≤.02 for the right hand and p≤.01 for the left hand.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalBulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education
Issue number163
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music


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