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

Author: Gary McPherson
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
What makes a prodigy? Although child prodigies can be found in various disciplines such as music, mathematics, chess, and art, the origins of exceptional has long been controversial. Some have dismissed the notion of innate talent, arguing that prodigies benefit from strong parental, cultural, and environmental influences that helped them develop their extraordinary abilities. Others emphasize the role of genes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gary McPherson
ISBN: 9780199685851 0199685851
OCLC Number: 945950328
Description: xxvii, 801 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Theoretical frameworks --
Analyzing musical prodigousness using Gagne's integrative model of talent development / Francoys Gagne, Gary E. McPherson --
Two roads diverged in a musical wood: a coincidence approach to the lives and careers of Nyiregyhazi and Menuhin / Henry David Feldman --
Syzgies, social worlds, and exceptional achievement in music / Robert Faulkner, Jane W. Davidson --
Genetic influences on musical gifitedness, talent, and practice / Miriam Anna Mosing, Fredrik Ullen --
Musicological reports on early 20th century musical prodigies: the beginnings of an objective assessment / Reinhard Kopiez, Andreas C. Lehmann --
Early and late bloomers among 120 classical composers: were the greatest geniuses also prodigies? / Dean Keith Simonton --
The wunderkind composer / Barry Cooper --
Aspects of development --
Working memory in musical prodigies: a 10,000-year-old story, one million years in the making / Larry Vandervert --
The brain's rapid encoding of rule-governed domains of knowledge: a case analysis of a musical prodigy / Larry Vandervert --
On the cognitive-developmental theory of the child prodigy phenomenon / Larisa V. Shavinina --
Transitioning musical abilities into expertise and beyond: the role of psychosocial skills in developing prodigious talent / Rena F. Subotnik, Linda Jarvin, Andrew Thomas, Geesoo Maie Lee --
Growing-up prodigies: the midlife crisis / Jeanne Bamberger --
Musical prodigies and motivation / Andrew J. Martin --
Musical prodigies: does talent need trauma? / Aine MacNamara, Dave Collins, Patricia Holmes --
Prodigies of music composition: cognitive abilities and developmental antecedents / Lena Quinto, Paolo Ammirante, Michael H. Connors, William Forde Thompson --
Development of timing skills / Thenille Braun Janzen, Paolo Ammirante, William Forde Thompson --
Igor: a case study of a child drummer prodigy / Simone Dalla Bella, Jakub Sowinski, Nicolas Farrugia, Magdalena Berkowska --
The career decisions of musical prodigies / Jae Yup Jung, Paul Evans --
Musical prodigies within the virtual stage of YouTube / Freya M. de Mink, Gary E. McPherson --
Synesthesia and prodgiousness: the case of Oliver Messiaen / Solange Glasser --
Prodigious musical talent in blind children with autism and learning difficulties: identifying and educating potential musical savants / Adam Ockelford --
Verdical mapping in the development of autistic musical savants / Laurent Mottron, Lucie Bouvet --
Individual examples --
Proofs of genius: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the construction of musical prodigies in early Georgian London / Rachel Cowgill --
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart the child performer-composer: new musical-biographical perspectives on the early years to 1766 / Simon P. Keefe --
Ludwig van Beethoven: an understated prodigy / Sian Derry --
The second Mozart: Mendelssohn and the precocity revisited / R. Larry Todd --
Teresa Carreno: such gifts are of God, and ought not to be prostituted for mere gain / Anna E. Kijas --
A folk song prodigy? Considering the exceptional musical childhood of Chilean folklorist Morgot Loyola / Dan Bendrups --
Glenn Gould: conventional prodigy, unconventional professional / S. Timothy Maloney --
Andrew Mathieu (1929-1968): the emblematic case of the "young Canadian Mozart" / Danick Trottier --
Jack Teagarden's southwestern sound: a musical prodigy and his field / Alex W. Rodriguez --
"Little" Stevie Wonder: Motown musical prodigy / Gabriel Solis --
"You can't win, child but can't get out of the game": Michael Jackson's transition from child star to superstar / Jacqueline Warwick --
Jason Becker: musicality begets musicianship in a heavy metal guitar prodigy / Michael Heffley --
Justin Bieber, YouTube, and new media celebrity: the tween prodigy at home and online / Tyler Bickford.
Responsibility: edited by Gary E. McPherson.


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,  Read more...
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