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Music and the MindEssays in honour of John Sloboda$
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Irène Deliège and Jane Davidson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199581566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199581566.001.0001

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Routes to adolescent musical expertise

Routes to adolescent musical expertise

(p.205) Chapter 11 Routes to adolescent musical expertise
Music and the Mind

Antonia Ivaldi

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Research on the development of musical talent has documented quite substantially the role of the teacher, family, and practice. The two key studies conducted by Sloboda and Howe (Howe & Sloboda, 1991a, 1991b, 1991c; Sloboda & Howe, 1991, 1992) and Davidson, Howe, Moore, and Sloboda (Davidson, Howe, Moore, & Sloboda, 1996; Davidson, Moore, Sloboda, & Howe, 1998; Howe, Davidson, Moore, & Sloboda, 1995; Sloboda, Davidson, Howe, & Moore, 1996) have made significant contributions to the field by looking closely at these three factors. Earlier and later research has also placed similar emphasis on the role of the teacher, family and practice (see, for instance, Moore, Burland, & Davidson, 2003; Sosniak, 1985). While this research has included the talented musician’s involvement in activities outside the instrumental lesson, and key influential events, it has not been conducted and reported in the same level of detail. Nor has it identified and explored young, talented musicians’ own views as to what they have considered to be important in their own musical development, alongside their own musical beliefs and values associated with each route. The pilot study reported in this chapter aims to build on the seminal work by Sloboda et al. by focusing on the musical activities and key influences beyond that of the music lesson, practice, teacher, and family, with the aim of documenting the additional routes undertaken by adolescents, and by exploring further the role that these play in the development of adolescent musical excellence.

Keywords:   John Sloboda, music psychology, young musicians, junior conservatoire, county music service, musical ability, self-perceptions, musical activities, Young People and Music Participation Project

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