Conference Proceedings

Musical Prodigies: Early Manifestations, Catalysts and Outcomes

G MCPHERSON, A Williamon (ed.)

Ryukoku University | Published : 2015


One of the most contentious debates in psychology, education, biology and other related disciplines centres on the source of exceptional ability. To what extent can the remarkable achievements of eminent musicians, intellectuals, visual artists, writers and so on be explained through “nature” (genetic endowment) or “nurture” (the environment)? How can these achievements, regardless of their source, be identified and fostered? In my presentation, I will address fundamental issues surrounding the nature/nurture debate in music and, in doing so, scrutinize much of the folklore that typically accompanies remarkable achievement in music. Using Françoys Gagné’s differentiated model of giftedness..

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