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The Child as Musician: A handbook of musical development

Gary McPherson


This book is a handbook of musical development from conception to late adolescence. Within twenty-four chapters it celebrates the richness and diversity of the many different ways in which children can engage in and interact with music. Arranged in five sections, the first section examines the critical months and years from conception to the end of infancy. It looks at how the musical brain develops, ways of understanding musical development, and the nature of musicality. Section two scrutinizes cla ... More

Keywords: musical development, music, conception, adolescence, musicality, special needs, children and music, non-Western music, youth musical engagement

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198530329
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530329.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary McPherson, editor
Zimmerman Endowed Chair in Music Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

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Section 1 Development

Chapter 3 The Musical Brain

Donald A. Hodges

Chapter 5 Musicality

Susan Hallam

Section 2 Engagement

Chapter 7 Musical Preference and Taste in Childhood and Adolescence

David J. Hargreaves, Adrian C. North, and Mark Tarrant

Chapter 8 Musical Literacy

Janet Mills, and Gary E. McPherson

Chapter 9 Aesthetic Response

Margaret S. Barrett

Chapter 10 The Perception of Emotion in Music

Emery Schubert, and Gary E. McPherson

Section 3 Differences

Chapter 11 Developing Motivation

James Austin, James Renwick, and Gary E. McPherson

Chapter 12 Giftedness and Talent

Gary E. Mcpherson, and Aaron Williamon

Chapter 13 Including Everyone

Judith A. Jellison

Chapter 15 Musical Play

Kathryn Marsh, and Susan Young

Chapter 17 Playing an Instrument

Gary E. McPherson, and Jane W. Davidson

Chapter 19 Computers and Technology

Peter R. Webster, and Maud Hickey

Chapter 21 Global Practices

Patricia Shehan Campbell

Chapter 24 Musician Identity Formation

Jane W. Davidson, and Karen Burland

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