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Giftedness and talent


Music in the social and behavioral sciences: an encyclopedia | SAGE | Published : 2014


One of the most contentious debates in psychology, education, biology, and other related disciplines centres on the source of exceptional ability. This chapter addresses fundamental issues surrounding the nature/nurture debate in music and, in doing so, scrutinises much of the folklore that typically accompanies remarkable musical abilities. Specifically, it outlines a broad framework that distinguishes between 'giftedness' and 'talent' and discusses, in turn, six core components of this framework: giftedness, the developmental process, intrapersonal factors, environmental catalysts, chance, and talent. It then explores the scope and potential for identifying musically gifted children. Throu..

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