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

Gary E. McPherson


Until now, no single resource has attempted to bring together such a varied range of disciplines to study the phenomenon of the musical prodigy, nor attempted to cover such a diverse range of topics. The 35 chapters which comprise Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Education, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology are organized according to three sections: Theoretical Frameworks, Aspects of Development, and Individual Examples. Each chapter retains the style and referencing of the author’s area of research. Readers will find a multitude of clues within this volume that will help shap ... More

Keywords: musical prodigy, prodigy, musical development, precociousness, childhood

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199685851
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685851.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary E. McPherson, editor
Ormond Professor and Director, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne , Australia

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Section 1 Theoretical frameworks

Section 2 Aspects of development

Chapter 11 Transitioning musical abilities into expertise and beyond

Rena F. Subotnik, Linda Jarvin, Andrew Thomas, and Geesoo Maie Lee

Chapter 14 Musical prodigies

Áine MacNamara, Dave Collins, and Patricia Holmes

Chapter 15 Prodigies of music composition

Lena Quinto, Paolo Ammirante, Michael H. Connors, and William Forde Thompson

Chapter 16 Development of timing skills

Thenille Braun Janzen, Paolo Ammirante, and William Forde Thompson

Chapter 17 Igor

Simone Dalla Bella, Jakub Sowiński, Nicolas Farrugia, and Magdalena Berkowska

Section 3 Individual examples

Chapter 29 Glenn Gould

S. Timothy Maloney

Chapter 34 Jason Becker

Michael Heffley