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Music and the MindEssays in honour of John Sloboda$
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Irène Deliège and Jane Davidson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199581566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199581566.001.0001

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Developing a young musician’s growth mindset: the role of motivation, self-theories, and resiliency

Developing a young musician’s growth mindset: the role of motivation, self-theories, and resiliency

(p.31) Chapter 3 Developing a young musician’s growth mindset: the role of motivation, self-theories, and resiliency
Music and the Mind

Susan A. O’Neill

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of motivation, self-theories, and resiliency in the development of a young musician’s growth mindset. To provide some background information and contextualization for these concepts, the chapter begins with an overview of several motivation and music learning studies conducted during the early 1990s. These studies were influenced by John Sloboda’s research contributions to the precursors of musical expertise and Dweck’s (1986) theory of achievement motivation. Over the past two decades, Dweck and her colleagues have made significant progress in developing and testing a meaning system approach to the development of young people’s beliefs about their abilities (self-theories or conceptions of ability). According to Dweck (2006), positive self-theories are necessary for developing a growth mindset as a means of achieving successful performance outcomes. There is growing evidence to suggest that a growth mindset serves as a protective factor that may promote resiliency, which sustains motivation and reduces the negative effects of adversity, failure, and stressful life events (Wang, Haertel, & Walberg, 1997). The chapter concludes with some educational strategies that may help young musicians achieve their full potential, as well as suggestions for future research.

Keywords:   achievement motivation, self-theories, resiliency, young musicians, growth mindset, Dweck, John Sloboda, music psychology, educational strategies

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