Musical prodigies: Interpretations from psychology, education, musicology and ethnomusicology

GE McPherson, G MCPHERSON (ed.)

Oxford Press | Published : 2016


What makes a prodigy? Although child prodigies can be found in various disciplines such as music, mathematics, chess, and art, the origins of exceptional talent remain highly controversial. Some have dismissed the notion of innate talent, arguing that prodigies benefit from strong parental, cultural, and environmental influences that help them develop their extraordinary abilities. Others emphasise the role of genetic influences on musical development and cite evidence that exceptional abilities are supported by inborn predispositions. And what role do cognitive processes, from memory to the use of imagery and language, play in such rapid and early talent development? The notion of prodigy r..

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