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An Orientation to Musical PedagogyBecoming a Musician-Educator$
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Birch P. Browning

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199928200

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928200.001.0001

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What Is Talent?

What Is Talent?

(p.19) Chapter 3 What Is Talent?
An Orientation to Musical Pedagogy

Birch P. Browning

Oxford University Press

Although most adults believe that musical ability is a talent—an inherited gif—this chapter discusses how, in fact, musical ability is based on life experiences and hard work. It shows that the acquisition of excellence is almost always the result of deliberate practice, a set of behaviors consciously designed to promote long-term growth. The amounts of practice time of high-achieving and lower-achieving music students are compared. The factors of autonomy, mastery, and purpose are presented; learning how to learn and practice deliberately is itself a process that must be learned and practiced deliberately. A planning process for deliberate practice is presented, and a practice worksheet form is provided.

Keywords:   talent, deliberate practice, autonomy, mastery, purpose

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