The career decisions of musical prodigies

Jae Yup Jung and Paul Evans

in Musical Prodigies

Published in print September 2016 | ISBN: 9780199685851
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191806049 | DOI:
The career decisions of musical prodigies

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This chapter draws on the literature on musical prodigies and prodigies in general, career decision-making theory, the development of music professionals, and the career decisions of gifted adolescents, to arrive at an overview of the unique and complex career decisions of musical prodigies. The discussion, which incorporates multiple examples from the lives of prominent musical prodigies, centers on early career-related decisions, the experience of a midlife crisis, the subsequent “mature” career decision, and some of the reasons for the eventual pursuit or non-pursuit of an adult career in music. A number of implications for research, and recommendations for the guidance and counseling of musical prodigies, are provided.

Keywords: musical prodigies; prodigies; gifted adolescents; career decision-making; midlife crisis

Chapter.  8950 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis ; Developmental Psychology

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