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Music and mind in everyday life$
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Eric Clarke, Nicola Dibben, and Stephanie Pitts

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198525578

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525578.001.0001

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Lifelong musical development

Lifelong musical development

(p.127) Chapter 8 Lifelong musical development
Music and mind in everyday life

Eric Clarke

Nicola Dibben

Stephanie Pitts

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the processes and factors involved in the development of an individual's musical skills throughout his life. It also takes into consideration the maturational processes that the individual goes through and the possible decline in his physical skills as he matures. The chapter talks about how these may affect his musical skills. This chapter contains an interesting discussion on the maturational process in acquiring music and musical identity, and learning from exceptional musical development. It also takes a closer look into a musician's mind. The chapter ends with how an individual ‘loses music’ as he grows old. Inasmuch as it provides details on how music can be acquired during the period of infancy, the chapter also gives details on how musical faculties can be lost due to age-related factors.

Keywords:   musical identity, musical development, maturational processes, Mozart Effect, musical learning

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