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Musical ProdigiesInterpretations from Psychology, Education, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology$
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Gary E. McPherson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685851

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685851.001.0001

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The career decisions of musical prodigies

The career decisions of musical prodigies

(p.409) Chapter 18 The career decisions of musical prodigies
Musical Prodigies

Jae Yup Jung

Paul Evans

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws on the literature on musical prodigies and prodigies in general, career decision-making theory, the development of music professionals, and the career decisions of gifted adolescents, to arrive at an overview of the unique and complex career decisions of musical prodigies. The discussion, which incorporates multiple examples from the lives of prominent musical prodigies, centers on early career-related decisions, the experience of a midlife crisis, the subsequent “mature” career decision, and some of the reasons for the eventual pursuit or non-pursuit of an adult career in music. A number of implications for research, and recommendations for the guidance and counseling of musical prodigies, are provided.

Keywords:   musical prodigies, prodigies, gifted adolescents, career decision-making, midlife crisis

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