Looking for musicians with aphantasia

Øyvind Heilo asked 11 months ago
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My name is Øyvind Heilo, student in Musicology, the University of Oslo. I’m currently planning on writing a bachelor on Musicality and Aphantasia and looking for musicians with aphantasia. I’m thinking of doing a questionaire or perhaps more comprehensive interviews for qualitative research. Deadline for the assignment is late May. If you are interested pleae notify me here and I will supply more information as the project gets into a more concrete stadium.


Øyvind Heilo January 22, 2020 08:40 am

Thanks for the reply Ian!

The bachelor is still in it’s infancy and the deadline is end of May.

I’m not quite sure where it is taking me, I’m still in the process of fleshing out the basic details to be presented for the University. My plan is to make a questionare or survey of some sort and would be delighted if you would take the time to answer my questions. I will keep you informed on this thread in the near future about the how the project is evolving! Please ask any question!


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Killian Gillespie January 28, 2020 07:53 pm


I’ve only just found out about my Aphantasia yesterday, so this is all quite new to me. I always thought people were talking about their minds eye figuratively! Anyway, I play guitar and I’m self-taught. I wanted to learn it one day so I decided to start building a guitar from parts I ordered online. I’m happy to do a quiz or answer any questions you have.


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Andrea Benoit February 05, 2020 07:29 am

I only found out today that aphantasia is even a thing, and I’m pretty sure I have it!

I have a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and also play piano well and other instruments not very well. I’d be interested in being a part of your study if you need it!

Rob B February 08, 2020 08:16 am

Hello Øyvind,

I found out about aphantasia last year. I have it.

I’m a self taught musician. I play acoustic guitar and bass.

I’d be happy to take part.


Øyvind Heilo February 12, 2020 11:39 am

Thank you so much for your responses! I’m still in the beginning of my work, but will contact you with further information as soon as things are starting to take form.



Giselle Ihrig February 12, 2020 11:55 pm

Hello, I actually found out that I have aphantasia today. I am a highschool student. I played the violin for 5 years and am on my second year of playing the harp. I would be happy to take part!


Judith DeWitt February 18, 2020 04:05 am

I have a B.Mus.Ed with a major in voice. I am currently taking voice lessons and preparing to sing 9 solos in 5 classes in our local festival, plus a couple with my teacher’s small ensemble.

I also take violin and viola lessons and play viola in our local symphony and teach voice, piano and violin.

My husband read an article on aphantasia about a month ago and sent it to me asking if it sounded like me.

I had discovered about 10 years ago that my inability to visualize or hear, see, smell, touch are not experienced by most people I know. I had it confirmed in our community book club shortly afterwards.

I would be happy to answer a questionnaire for you.

Lewis Duggan November 05, 2020 02:29 pm

Hey Øyvind

I am in a similar situation to you when you were made this post. I discovered a few years ago that I have Aphantasia and I have been practicing music making for around 9 years both casually and in formal education. I study at a university in England and am looking to do a research paper on how aphantasia affects musicians and the experience of music, in order to further broaden my own and the collective understanding of the condition.

I was wondering if you have any information, notes or findings to share on this as it would be great if we could discuss the topic together.



Judith DeWitt replied 5 days ago

Hi Lewis,

I replied to Øyvind’s original post about his study, for which the deadline was almost six months ago. I have heard nothing from him since then.

As I said in my reply to his post – you should be able to see it above – I have a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Voice.
I also play piano and violin & viola passibly, viola well enough to play as a community member, and not last chair, in the International Symphony Orchestra (Canada-USA).

If you have a questionnaire or other research, I’d be happy to assist.


Judith DeWitt November 23, 2020 04:41 am

Hello Øyvind,

Anything further on your research?

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