Individuality in the learning of musical skills

Helena Gaunt and Susan Hallam

in Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780199298457
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Individuality in the learning of musical skills


This article outlines what we know about the way that individual characteristics–including sex differences, physiological characteristics, age, personality, and cognitive and learning styles–impact on engagement with and approaches to learning music. It presents theoretical frameworks that may serve to guide future research in elucidating the way in which different environments interact in a reiterative manner with the individual, leading to different musical engagement outcomes.

Keywords: individual characteristics; musical engagement; music learning

Article.  5632 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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