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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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(p.67) Chapter 4 Musicality
The Child as Musician

Susan Hallam

Oxford University Press

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 purpose; discusses the implications of the existence of prodigies, savants, absolute pitch, and tone deafness; outlines public conceptions of musical ability and what skills might be needed to be a professional working with music in the twenty-first century; discusses the implications of neuropsychological findings for understanding the concept of musicality; and sets out the principles underpinning the expertise paradigm and the evidence related to it. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the practical implications of current conceptions of musicality.

Keywords:   musicality, musical ability, learning, prodigies, savants, absolute pitch

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