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Musical BeginningsOrigins and Development of Musical Competence$
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Irene Deliège and John Sloboda

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198523321

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523321.001.0001

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The young performing musician

The young performing musician

(p.171) 7 The young performing musician
Musical Beginnings

John Sloboda

Jane Davidson

Oxford University Press

While there are many perspectives and dimensions that can be adapted to explain individual development, the researchers in this section focus on three dimensions: the selection of sample, the selection of questions to be asked from the sample, and the type of observations to be made from the study. For the first dimension, the researchers chose to get samples that were performing above average in terms of musical competency; for the second, the research focuses on uncovering factors that propel individuals towards being musical virtuosos; finally, the research perspective deals with the relationship between the development of musical expertise and the external resources that may be responsible for bringing it out. Through this, the researchers were able to define the characteristics of expert musical performance, the conditions for development of performance skills and whether expressivity can be learned or practiced. The chapter also documents an observation of young performing musicians.

Keywords:   individual development, musical virtuosos, musical competency, musical performance, expressivity

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