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Musical BeginningsOrigins and Development of Musical Competence$
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Irene Deliège and John Sloboda

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198523321

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523321.001.0001

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The development of artistic and musical competence

The development of artistic and musical competence

(p.144) (p.145) 6 The development of artistic and musical competence
Musical Beginnings

David Hargreaves

Oxford University Press

Studies of musical development in various disciplines have led to the discovery of a number of ways in which to define musical development and musical competence. Here, the researcher establishes that the psychological definition will be used, as established by psychological research findings, to describe the account of the development of musical competence, focusing on ‘singing’, ‘graphic representation of music’, and ‘melodic perception and composition’. The chapter describes the theory of musical competence that is concerned with the ways in which different cultural groups relate to the music they hear. The researcher believes that the social and cultural context must be identified, in order to go further into describing musical competence in terms of individual psychological developments. The chapter also touches on the subject of education and the generalist–specialist approaches to it, as well as whether there are stages in artistic and musical development. The researcher furthermore attempts to suggest a meeting between theory and practice, one which could shed light on what teachers should adapt as a theoretical framework for how they teach.

Keywords:   musical development, singing, graphic representation, melodic perception, composition, theoretical framework

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