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MENC Handbook of Musical Cognition and Development$
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Richard Colwell

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304565.001.0001

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The Development of Musical Abilities

The Development of Musical Abilities

(p.124) 4 The Development of Musical Abilities
MENC Handbook of Musical Cognition and Development

William Forde Thompson

E. Glenn Schellenberg

Oxford University Press

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 closely tailored to the questions frequently asked by music educators, such as what results of developmental psychology parents and teachers should be aware of and what they should know about the development of musical abilities. Developmental psychology of music should not focus only on those cognitive or instrumental abilities that are readily measured. Instead, the ability to experience music, musical skills, and attitudes are also part of the musical development. Furthermore, changes of musical desires, interests, and motivations take place throughout life. Thus the meaning of musical development may be entirely different at different stages of life.

Keywords:   developmental psychology, musical development, musical abilities, musical perception, parents, teachers

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