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The Child as MusicianA handbook of musical development$
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Gary E. McPherson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744443.001.0001

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Building gifts into musical talents

Building gifts into musical talents

(p.340) Chapter 18 Building gifts into musical talents
The Child as Musician

Gary E. McPherson

Aaron Williamon

Oxford University Press

This chapter unravels issues surrounding the nature–nurture debate and how this impacts on conceptions of remarkable achievement in music. It describes a framework that distinguishes between domains of ability (gifts) and fields of performance (talent). Giftedness is used to describe individuals who are endowed with natural potential to achieve, and talent to describe those who demonstrate superior performance(or superior skills) as a result of some type of systematic training. The chapter describes the complex series of interactions through which natural abilities interact with intrapersonal and environmental catalysts, developmental process, and chance events to form different aspects of musical talent that are unique to individual music learners. Also included is a section on the prevalence, identification, and labeling of individuals who can be referred to as musically gifted or talented.

Keywords:   musical achievement, music, giftedness, talent, prodigies, environmental catalysts, intrapersonal catalysts

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