Anthony and Alistair: a smooth progression to talent?

Gary E. McPherson, Jane W. Davidson and Robert Faulkner

in Music In Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development, and Identity

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199579297
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738463 | DOI:
Anthony and Alistair: a smooth progression to talent?

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This chapter focuses on two study participants who have both acquired high levels of expertise in traditional Western classical musicianship along unique syzygistic trajectories. The analyses are framed according to Gagné's model of musical talent and giftedness on the one hand, and by adapting Abbott and Collins' model of talent development in sports on the other. It shows how a wide range of promotive factors facilitated the development of expert musical talent.

Keywords: young musicians; musical development; traditional Western classical musicianship; musical talent; talent development

Chapter.  11121 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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