Postmorbid learning of saxophone playing in a patient with frontotemporal dementia
Hanna Cho ; Juhee Chin ; Duk L. Na ; Sang Won Seo ; Eun Joo Kim ; Na Kyung Lee ; Byoung Seok Ye ; Yeo Jin Kim ; Hee Jin Kim ; Mee Kyung Suh
Neurocase, Vol.21(6) : 767~772, 2015
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.