‘Jammin with Jor Jor the Musical Fish’

There is a corner of the internet called the Jor Jor Music Academy for Goldfish. I am not sure I have ever wanted to meet anyone so badly before. They describe their work this way: “JJMAG is a most unusual music school dedicated to the simple premise that aquatic animals can make music. Through an innovative combination of operant conditioning (positive reinforcement) and human educational techniques, fish enrolled at JJMAG not only learn to play a variety of instruments but also develop true musicianship.”

Jor Jor is ringing bells along with the music, something she has learned to associate with food treats but also may just enjoy doing.

You can also, apparently, train your fish to play basketball and soccer.

Sadly, Jor Jor has since died. Her humans say that it was “an amoeba infection just as we were preparing to take her musical explorations to an unprecedented level. In her honor, JJMAG was founded in order to give other fish the opportunity to unlock their hidden talent.”

One Comment on “‘Jammin with Jor Jor the Musical Fish’

  1. >There is a corner of the internet called the Jor Jor Music Academy for Goldfish. I am not sure I have ever wanted to meet anyone so badly before.<

    I'm about to make your dreams come true! 😉

    Diane Rains here, proprietor of The Jor Jor Music Academy for Goldfish. I found your web site while googling "music for animals." To my surprise, front and center on your blog I found the story about my fish training work. How nice! Thanks for the writeup and for including a video and pics.

    I'm fascinated and delighted by the work you're doing with music and animals. We're both PhD students (former, in my case), animal musicologists and artists. We seem to have a lot in common! We should correspond. When you have time, shoot me an e-mail.

    Thanks!

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