Kindling the Spark: Recognizing and Developing Musical Talent / Edition 1

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Overview


Gathering perspectives of musical talent from the psychological, musical, and educational fields, Kindling the Spark is the only single sourcebook that defines musical talent and provides practical strategies for identifying and nurturing it. Joanne Haroutounian uses her experience as teacher, researcher, and parent to clarify central issues concerning talent recognition and development in a way that will easily appeal to a wide audience. The book describes the different stages of development in musical training, including guidelines for finding a suitable teacher at different levels, social and psychological aspects that impact musical training, and research on talent development by ages and stages from infancy and preschool years through the teen years. An important feature of the book are "sparkler exercises" designed to provoke observable talent behavior in home, school, and studio settings. The book also includes an Appendix of Resources which lists books, media, organizations, and specialized schools that offer additional information on musical talent, identification, and development. For music educators in both public school and private studio settings--as well as for parents and their musically inclined children--Kindling the Spark provides an invaluable summary of the research on talent and a wealth of resources for developing it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195156386
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Haroutounian is a member of the piano family at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. She is a distinguished pedagogy author, clinician, soloist, and chamber musician. She developed the MTNA's MUSICALINK program for talented students and serves as a member of the editorial committee for American Music Teacher Magazine.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction
Pt. I Perspectives of Musical Talent
1 Perspectives 3
2 Talent as Music Aptitude 7
3 Talent as Musical Intelligence 25
4 Talent as Performance 41
5 Talent as Creativity 59
6 Talent as Giftedness 85
7 Reflections 111
Pt. II Recognizing Musical Talent
8 Perspectives of Talent Identification 115
9 The Quest 135
10 The Spark: Underpinnings of Musical Talent 153
11 Unveiling the Spark 177
Pt. III Developing Musical Talent
12 Kindling the Spark: Early Development 201
13 From Spark to Flame: Nurturing Musical Talent 225
14 The Flame: Teenage Years 253
15 Final Reflections 287
Appendix 291
Notes 313
Bibliography 337
Index 359
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