The Musical Temperament: Psychology and Personality of Musicians / Edition 1

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Overview

It is generally accepted that exceptionally skilled people in society, such as airline pilots and brain surgeons, have significantly different personalities from those of the general population. Similarly, a kind of folklore has long existed within musical circles that there are fundamental personality differences between the players of different instruments. Dr. Kemp examines this fascinating issue, as well as several others in light of his ten years of research in the field. After an introductory chapter summarizing relevant personality theories, the book covers different facets of musicians' personalities—introversion, independence, sensitivity, and anxiety, among others. Different forms of musicianship—orchestral players, singers, conductors, et al.—are also considered to clarify the ways in which specific skills impact personality development or predispose a person towards different instruments and styles of performance. Kemp's research is relevant not just to psychologists, but also to professional musicians and composers, and music educators.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198523628
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.19 (w) x 6.19 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: personality assessment 1
1 Musicianship from a different perspective 19
2 Introversion 35
3 Independence 51
4 Sensitivity 68
5 Anxiety 85
6 Gender role adaptability 108
7 Music preferences and listening styles 121
8 Orchestral performers 139
9 Keyboard players, singers, and conductors 166
10 Musicians in popular fields 183
11 Composers 194
12 Music teachers 217
13 Development of musical talent 234
References 256
Author index 271
Subject index 275
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