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The Development of Musical Abilities

William Forde Thompson and E. Glenn Schellenberg

in MENC Handbook of Musical Cognition and Development

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195304565
eISBN:
9780199850723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304565.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Psychology of Music

This chapter offers a panoramic survey of topics and issues in developmental psychology. While emphasizing cognitive aspects, it also incorporates sociological and cultural aspects. The discussion is ... More


MENC Handbook of Musical Cognition and Development

Richard Colwell (ed.)

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195304565
eISBN:
9780199850723
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304565.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Psychology of Music

Answering fundamental questions about musical preference, ability, and communication, the field of Musical Cognition and Development is critical to the understanding of how music is processed, ... More


The structure of musical talent

Dina Kirnarskaya

in The Natural Musician: On abilities, giftedness, and talent

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199560134
eISBN:
9780191701795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560134.003.0021
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology

The structure of musical giftedness is a reflection of the path of development which music has followed over the entire course of human history. Musical talent was arranged and formed together with ... More


Frames of reference and the origins of the study

Gary E. McPherson, Jane W. Davidson, and Robert Faulkner

in Music In Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development, and Identity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199579297
eISBN:
9780191738463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579297.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to investigate the gamut of achievements of the Western music learner from continuous to sporadic, from persisting to quitting. It then ... More


Musical transactions, the power of expression, and the self-regulation of musical development

Gary E. McPherson, Jane W. Davidson, and Robert Faulkner

in Music In Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development, and Identity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199579297
eISBN:
9780191738463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579297.003.0058
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Social Psychology

This book has offered a reasoned summary of over 150 musical lives, showing how each has unique and complex paths to varying types of participation from listening to performing. This chapter ... More


Musical Beginnings: Origins and Development of Musical Competence

Irene Deliège and John Sloboda (eds)

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198523321
eISBN:
9780191688881
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523321.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology

The question ‘From where, and by what mechanisms, does an individual's musical ability originate?’ is a subject of major interest both to music psychologists and musicians, heightened by the recent ... More


Musicality

Susan Hallam

in The Child as Musician: A handbook of musical development

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198530329
eISBN:
9780191689765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530329.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology

There is abundant evidence that humans as a species are ‘musical’, that they share similar brain structures that respond to music. However, it ... More


Musical talent and heredity

Dina Kirnarskaya

in The Natural Musician: On abilities, giftedness, and talent

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199560134
eISBN:
9780191701795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560134.003.0024
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology

It is possible to suppose that musical abilities have a more direct relationship with biology and genetics than the abilities of a lawyer or a bookkeeper. Music appeared much earlier than many other ... More


Music In Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development, and Identity

Gary E. McPherson, Jane W. Davidson, and Robert Faulkner

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199579297
eISBN:
9780191738463
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579297.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Social Psychology

Why do some children take up music, while others don't? Why do some excel, whilst others give up? Why do some children favour classical music, whilst others prefer rock? These are questions that have ... More


The expressive ear for music

Dina Kirnarskaya

in The Natural Musician: On abilities, giftedness, and talent

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199560134
eISBN:
9780191701795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560134.003.0014
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology

Music, the quintessence of sound, is ordered in such a way that man perceives it almost as a living being, as a voice addressing him. The property of the human ear specially geared for the perception ... More


Musical Potential

Anthony E. Kemp and Janet Mills

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance: Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195138108
eISBN:
9780199849291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195138108.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Psychology of Music

This chapter discusses the identification of musical potential in childhood and considers the impact of an environment that is nurturing and stimulating. It addresses the place of musical ability ... More


Musical Ability

John Sloboda

in Exploring the Musical Mind: Cognition, emotion, ability, function

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198530121
eISBN:
9780191689741
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530121.003.0015
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology

The available evidence points to the conclusion that the vast majority of the population has acquired a common receptive musical ability, clearly evident through experimental demonstration, ... More


Musicality

Susan Hallam

in The Child as Musician: A handbook of musical development

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198744443
eISBN:
9780191805776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744443.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter considers the nature of musicality and related issues. It sets out what we know about the heritability of musicality at a species and individual level and its possible evolutionary ... More


Strategies for sight-reading and improvising music

AARON WILLIAMON

in Musical Excellence: Strategies and Techniques to Enhance Performance

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198525356
eISBN:
9780191689345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525356.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology

This chapter focuses on strategies for sight-reading and improvising music. The abilities to read fluently at sight and improvise convincingly hold a curious and somewhat paradoxical status. On one ... More


Music and conversation

R. Keith Sawyer

in Musical Communication

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198529361
eISBN:
9780191689628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529361.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology

This chapter suggests that there is evidence that musical ability is a genetic, biological competence; but then goes on to develop the argument that the evolutionary signs of music and language lie ... More


Routes to adolescent musical expertise

Antonia Ivaldi

in Music and the Mind: Essays in honour of John Sloboda

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199581566
eISBN:
9780191804502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199581566.003.0011
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology

Research on the development of musical talent has documented quite substantially the role of the teacher, family, and practice. The two key studies conducted by Sloboda and Howe (Howe & Sloboda, ... More


‘Everyone Here Is Going to Have Bright Futures’: Capitalizing on Musical Standard

Anna Bull

in Class, Control, and Classical Music

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780190844356
eISBN:
9780190844387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190844356.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter examines the contrasting ideas of musical standards of ability revealed by this study to explore how classical music is used to draw boundaries around social groups. Using close ... More


The Brain of Musicians

Gottfried Schlaug

in The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198525202
eISBN:
9780191689314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525202.003.0024
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology

This chapter provides a discussion on the brains of musicians. It introduces first the structural brain differences between musicians and nonmusicians. In the search for a morphological substrate of ... More


Synesthesia and prodigiousness: the case of Olivier Messiaen

Solange Glasser

in Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Education, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199685851
eISBN:
9780191806049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685851.003.0020
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter discusses the role synesthesia plays in the development of prodigious musical talent within the framework of current theories concerning sensitive periods. In particular, this chapter ... More


Conceiving Music in Prehistory

Iain Morley

in The Prehistory of Music: Human Evolution, Archaeology, and the Origins of Musicality

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199234080
eISBN:
9780191804281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234080.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This introductory chapter aims to investigate the evolution of human capacities for musical behaviours. It analyses evidence from different disciplines to understand the interrelationship and ... More


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