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The Child as Musician: A handbook of musical development

Gary E. McPherson


This book celebrates the richness and diversity of the many different ways in which children can engage in and interact with music. It presents theory both cutting edge and classic in an accessible way for readers by explaining research concerned with the development and acquisition of musical skills. The focus is on musical development from conception to late adolescence, although the bulk of the coverage concentrates on the period when children are able to begin formal music instruction (from around age 3) until the final year of formal schooling (around age 18). The 35 chapters are organize ... More

Keywords: musical development, music education, musical engagement, music instruction, musical skills, formal schooling, music, child, musical contexts, music instruction

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744443
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744443.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary E. McPherson, editor
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, Australia, Ormond Professor and Director

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Section 1 Development

Chapter 2 Reflections on infants as musical connoisseurs

Sandra E. Trehub and Franziska Degé

Chapter 4 Musicality

Susan Hallam

Chapter 5 Music cognition in childhood

Kathleen A. Corrigall and Glenn E. Schellenberg

Chapter 6 Musical agency

Jackie Wiggins

Section 2 Engagement

Chapter 13 Felt experiences of popular musics

David J. Elliott and Marissa Silverman

Chapter 16 How and why do musical preferences change in childhood and adolescence?

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

Section 3 Differences

Chapter 18 Building gifts into musical talents

Gary E. McPherson and Aaron Williamon

Chapter 20 Music and well-being during illness

Costanza Preti and Katrina S. McFerran

Section 4 Skills

Chapter 22 Playing an instrument

Gary E. McPherson, Jane W. Davidson, and Paul Evans

Chapter 25 Musical play

Kathryn Marsh and Susan Young

Section 5 Contexts

Chapter 29 Child as musical apprentice

Frank Abrahams and Daniel Abrahams

Chapter 30 Global practices

Patricia Shehan Campbell

Chapter 31 Transcultural childhoods

Alexandra Kertz-Welzel

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