Development of timing skills

Thenille Braun Janzen, Paolo Ammirante, William Forde Thompson

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Abstract

Music is intimately connected with the experience of rhythmic movement. This unique relation between music and movement depends on a complex set of timing skills that are developed throughout childhood. However, extraordinary cases of rhythmic prodigies seem to challenge our understanding of the normal course of motor development. This chapter examines the existing literature on timing skills in order to identify some milestones in the development of timing skills that are essential for the production of accurate rhythmic movements. We consider the importance of formal music training and weekly practice for the development of timing skills involved in discrete and continuous rhythmic movements, and we describe a preliminary study in which we compare the timing skills of a prodigy musician with those of age-matched musicians and nonmusicians.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationMusical prodigies
Subtitle of host publicationinterpretations from psychology, education, musicology, and ethnomusicology
EditorsGary E McPherson
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages1-27
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9780199685851
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • timing
  • training
  • development
  • prodigy
  • music performance
  • gifts
  • natural abilities
  • talent
  • musical prodigies
  • sense of rhythm

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Janzen, T. B., Ammirante, P., & Thompson, W. F. (2016). Development of timing skills. In G. E. McPherson (Ed.), Musical prodigies: interpretations from psychology, education, musicology, and ethnomusicology (pp. 1-27). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685851.003.0016
Janzen, Thenille Braun ; Ammirante, Paolo ; Thompson, William Forde. / Development of timing skills. Musical prodigies: interpretations from psychology, education, musicology, and ethnomusicology. editor / Gary E McPherson. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016. pp. 1-27
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Janzen, TB, Ammirante, P & Thompson, WF 2016, Development of timing skills. in GE McPherson (ed.), Musical prodigies: interpretations from psychology, education, musicology, and ethnomusicology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685851.003.0016

Development of timing skills. / Janzen, Thenille Braun; Ammirante, Paolo; Thompson, William Forde.

Musical prodigies: interpretations from psychology, education, musicology, and ethnomusicology. ed. / Gary E McPherson. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016. p. 1-27.

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Janzen TB, Ammirante P, Thompson WF. Development of timing skills. In McPherson GE, editor, Musical prodigies: interpretations from psychology, education, musicology, and ethnomusicology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. p. 1-27 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685851.003.0016