Music and Social Skills: Empathy in Ensemble Musicians

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Indra Kusuma Wardani1, Ovan Bagus Jatmika2, and Endang Ismudiyati3



Music and its related research have widely explored its utilization of humanization. One of its focuses and scope includes fostering social skills through musical activity and, vice versa, enhancing social skills to achieve better ensemble skills. This research aim is to explore the correlation between cognitive empathy and cognitive motor skills in ensemble musicians through a quantitative survey. By employing 56 ensemble musicians, the correlation analysis showed a low correlation between cognitive empathy and cognitive motor skills in ensemble musicians (r=.302, p=.003). Further, a regression analysis by adding the years of experience as one of its predictors showed a better correlation of this predictor as it explains more variance (R2=28.2%) in cognitive motor skills compared to cognitive empathy as the main predictor (R2=15.3%).

Keywords: empathy, ensemble skills, cognitive motor skills

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