On October 8th there will be a Brain and Culture with Gary McPherson from Melborne University, Australia
Location: Zoom meeting. A Zoom link will be posted on our website a few days before the event
Date and Time: October 8th at 11.00 CET
Title: Musical Prodigies
One of the most contentious debates in psychology, education, biology and other related disciplines centres on the source of exceptional ability. To what extent can the remarkable achievements of eminent musicians, intellectuals, visual artists, writers and so on be explained through “nature” (genetic endowment) or “nurture” (the environment)? How can these achievements, regardless of their source, be identified and fostered? The explanation I provide builds on my research across 30+ years as a music educator and researcher that has been devoted to studying children’s musical development and the small pool of children within this population we distinguish as musical prodigies who display extraordinary musical abilities. The presentation will conclude by showing examples of how the various facets described during my presentation form a distinct and unique choreography of interactions that is unique for each child. As part of this explanation I will provide a hypothetical explanation of the facets that are believed to contribute most to the emergence and nurturing of musical prodigiousness. Since much of the existing literature is based on little more than anecdotic support an important part of this explanation will describe issues that would benefit from empirical confirmation of the ideas expressed in my presentation.