Exceptional Musical Abilities: Musical Prodigies

Gary E. McPherson and Andreas C. Lehmann

in The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 2

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199928019
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Music

Exceptional Musical Abilities: Musical Prodigies


This article begins with discussions of theories of exceptional achievement developed by Renzulli, Mönks, and Gagné. Next, it considers the prevalence of exceptional achievement in the population; neuropsychological aspects of exceptional achievement; and the stages of talent development. The article then presents a case study of a young pianist, and concludes with suggestions for parents and teachers for identifying and supporting prodigies.

Keywords: child prodigies; musical prodigy; gifted children; exceptional achievement; pianist

Article.  8236 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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