Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Education, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology

Hardcover | October 8, 2016

EditorGary E. McPherson

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Child prodigies have been observed in a range of disciplines - particularly music, mathematics, chess, and art. The question of what makes a prodigy has long been controversial. Some have dismissed the notion of giftedness, arguing that most famous prodigies had strong parental, cultural, andenvironmental influences that helped them develop their extraordinary abilities. One recent theory suggested that anyone could achieve outstanding success in whatever endeavour they wanted with a minimum of 10,000 hours of practice. Nevertheless, many studies of prodigies have suggested that theremight be strong underlying cognitive differences, regarding their use of short-term versus long-term memory, spatial memory, imagery, and language. Whatever the arguments - for those interested in child development - prodigies remain a fascinating subject of study when considering questions aboutcreativity, intelligence, development, and the impact of nature versus nurture.This books breaks new ground in presenting the first scientific exploration on the topic of musical prodigies. It brings together research from a range of disciplines, including psychology, neurobiology, and genetics, to provide a thorough exploration of prodigious talent. In addition, the bookincludes fascinating case studies of prodigies and also looks at their long-term development into adulthood - many child prodigies have had problems making the transition into adolescence and adulthood. Musical prodigies will be required reading for anyone interested in child development, music, and the arts

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Child prodigies have been observed in a range of disciplines - particularly music, mathematics, chess, and art. The question of what makes a prodigy has long been controversial. Some have dismissed the notion of giftedness, arguing that most famous prodigies had strong parental, cultural, andenvironmental influences that helped them de...

Gary E. McPherson studied music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, before completing a master of music education at Indiana University, a doctorate of philosophy at the University of Sydney and a Licentiate and Fellowship in trumpet performance through Trinity College, London. He is the Ormond Professor and Director of th...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:704 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:October 8, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Section One: Theoretical Frameworks1. Francoys Gagne and Gary E. McPherson: Music prodigies within the DMGT/EMTD perspective2. David Henry Feldman: Two Roads Diverged in the Music Wood: A Co-incidence Approach to the Lives and Careers of Nyiregyhazi and Menuhin3. Robert Faulkner and Jane W. Davidson: Syzygies, social worlds and exceptional achievement in music4. Miriam Anna Mosing and Fredrik Ullen: Genetic influences on musical giftedness, talent and practice5. Reinhard Kopiez and Andreas C. Lehmann: Musicological Reports on Early 20th-Century Musical Prodigies: The Beginnings of an Objective Assessment6. Dean Keith Simonton: Early and Late Bloomers among 120 Classical Composers: Were the Greatest Geniuses also Prodigies?7. Barry Cooper: The Wunderkind ComposerSection Two: Aspects of Development8. Larry Vandervert: Working Memory in Musical Prodigies: A 10,000 Year-Old Story, One Million Years in the Making9. Larry Vandervert and Gary E. McPherson: The collaboration of the cerebellum (rapid encoding) and the cerebral cortex: A Case Analysis of Tiffany Poon10. Larisa V. Shavinina: On the Cognitive-Developmental Theory of the Child Prodigy Phenomenon11. Rena Subotnik, Linda Jarvin, Andrew Thomas, and Geesoo Maie Lee: Transitioning Musical Abilities into Expertise and Beyond: The Role of Psychosocial Skills in Developing Prodigious Talent12. Jeanne Bamberger: Growing-Up Prodigies: The Midlife Crisis13. Andrew J. Martin: Musical Prodigies and Motivation14. Aine MacNamara, Dave Collins, and Patricia Holmes: Musical Prodigies: Does Talent Need Trauma?15. Lena Quinto, Paolo Ammirante, Michael H. Connors, and William Forde Thompson: Prodigies of Music Composition: Cognitive Abilities and Developmental Antecedents16. Thenille Braun Janzen, William Forde Thompson, and Paolo Ammirante: Development of timing skills17. Simone Dalla Bella, Jakub Sowi?ski, Nicolas Farrugia, and Magdalena Berkowska: Igor: a case study of a child drummer prodigy18. Jae Yup Jung and Paul Evans: The career decisions of musical prodigies19. Freya de Mink and Gary E. McPherson: Musical Prodigies Within the Virtual Stage of YouTube20. Solange Glasser: Synaesthesia and Child Prodigiousness: The Case of Olivier Messiaen21. Adam Ockelford: The development and nurture of prodigious musical talent in blind children with autism and learning difficulties: identifying and educating potential musical savants22. Laurent Mottron and Lucie Bouvet: Veridical mapping in the development of autistic musical prodigiesSection Three: Individual Examples23. Rachel Cowgill: Mozart24. Simon P. Keefe: Mozart the Child Performer-Composer: New Musical-Biographical Perspectives on the Early Years to 176625. Sian Derry: Beethoven: An Understated Prodigy26. R. Larry Todd: The 'Second Mozart': Mendelssohn and Precocity Revisited27. Anna E. Kijas: Teresa Carreno: "Such gifts are of God, and ought not to be prostituted for mere gain."28. Dan Bendrups: A folk song prodigy? Considering the exceptional musical childhood of Chilean folklorist Margot Loyola29. S. Timothy Maloney: Glen Gould: Conventional Prodigy, Unconventional Professional30. Danick Trottier: Andre Mathieu (1929-1968): The Emblematic Case of the "Young Canadian Mozart"31. Alex W. Rodriguez: Jack Teagarden's Southwestern Sound: A Musical Prodigy and His Field32. Gabriel Solis: "Little" Stevie Wonder: Motown Musical Prodigy33. Jacqueline Warwick: "You can't win, child, but you can't get out of the game": Michael Jackson's transition from child star to superstar.34. Mike Heffley: Jason Becker: Musicality Begets Musicianship in a Heavy Metal Guitar Prodigy35. Tyler Bickford: Justin Bieber, YouTube, and New Media Celebrity: The Tween Prodigy at Home and Online