The Musical Temperament: Psychology and Personality of Musicians

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byAnthony E. KempAs told byAnthony E. Kemp

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In their attempts to understand the nature of musicianship, music psychologists have generally focused their attention on cognitive processes and abilities. Although a kind of folklore has long existed in musical circles relating to personality differences between players of differentinstruments, this is the first book to examine the impact of personality and temperament on musicianship. After an introductory chapter which summarizes the relevant personality theories, the book deals with each fact of the musicians' personality in turn: introversion, independence, sensitivity,anxiety, and gender issues. Different forms of musicianship (such as orchestral playing, singing and conducting) are considered next, to clarify the ways in which specific skills impact upon personality development or predispose a person towards different instruments and styles ofperformance.

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The study of musicians' personalities promise to open up for us a new vista of understanding concerning the nature of musicianship. Although the study of music psychology has loosened itself from the straight-jacket of music ability measurement, the inheritance may well have engulfed us in a predominantly cognitive view of our art.

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In their attempts to understand the nature of musicianship, music psychologists have generally focused their attention on cognitive processes and abilities. Although a kind of folklore has long existed in musical circles relating to personality differences between players of differentinstruments, this is the first book to examine the ...

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The study of musicians' personalities promise to open up for us a new vista of understanding concerning the nature of musicianship. Although the study of music psychology has loosened itself from the straight-jacket of music ability measurement, the inheritance may well have engulfed us in a predominantly cognitive view of our art.

Anthony E. Kemp is at University of Reading.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198523629

ISBN - 13:9780198523628

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Personality assessment1. Musicianship from a different perspective2. Introversion3. Independence4. Anxiety5. Gender role adaptability6. Music preferences and listening styles7. Orchestral performers9. Musicians in popular fields and conductors10. Composers11. Music teachers12. Development of musical talent

From Our Editors

The study of musicians' personalities promise to open up for us a new vista of understanding concerning the nature of musicianship. Although the study of music psychology has loosened itself from the straight-jacket of music ability measurement, the inheritance may well have engulfed us in a predominantly cognitive view of our art.

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`'...He presents his insights in a clear and well-organized narrative that will interest graduate students and professionals in music and psychology...''E.Franklin, Choice