The role of the family in supporting learning

Andrea Creech

in Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The role of the family in supporting learning

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Powerful images of musicians' parents have been immortalized in accounts of the lives of many iconic figures in Western music. Parents have been depicted as exerting enormous influence on their children's musical development, as in the cases of Mozart, Clara Schumann, and, more recently, Yehudi Menuhin and Jacqueline du Pré, to name but a few. At the other end of the spectrum are exceptional accounts of musicians who attained high levels of expertise and musical intelligence without parental support, as in the case of Louis Armstrong. This article considers these ‘intermediaries’ and suggests ways in which parents may most constructively support their children's musical development.

Keywords: parental support; parental involvement; children's musical development; musicians

Article.  6664 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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