Musical Talent – What is it?

April 1st, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Musical Talent – What is it?

Presenter: Yvonne Frye

The word talent in music is sometimes used with very fixed ideas of what it is. Often labels are put to children in classes: talented – not so talented. But music ability is consisting of so many different layers like deliberate practice, an inspirational environment, motivation, interest and support at home, to name just a few. Those play a huge role in growing skills.

Some theories suggest that music aptitude consists of only 10 % genetic predisposition, the rest is hard work. Other studies find more of genetic predisposition.

The lecture aims to take a closer look on the current scientific findings and how music ability/ talent can be developed, nurtured and supported by us teachers.