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The Musical Temperament: Psychology and Personality of Musicians

Anthony E. Kemp


In their attempts to understand the nature of musicianship, music psychologists have generally focused their attention on cognitive processes and abilities. Although a kind of folklore has long existed in musical circles relating to personality differences between players of different instruments, this is the first book to examine the impact of personality and temperament on musicianship. After an introductory chapter which summarizes the relevant personality theories, the book deals with each fact of the musicians' personality in turn: introversion, independence, sensitivity, anxiety, and gen ... More

Keywords: music psychology, cognitive, musicianship, introversion, independence, sensitivity, anxiety, gender, orchestral playing, singing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198523628
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523628.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony E. Kemp, author
University of Reading