The development and unique talents of a professional musician have intrigued psychologists, music researchers, and the general public for decades. Although the genres chosen may differ, from symphonic to jazz to pop/rock, musicians share similarities in factors that influence the development of these fine-tuned skills and talents. These factors include early perceptive capacities, environmental influences, the different stages of musical talent development, and the continuous unfolding of the specific properties of the musician's brain and “ear.” In addition, the wonder of the prodigy and the mystery of the savant and those with Williams syndrome attest to the uniqueness of musical intelligence.

Early Perceptive Capacities

Children listen before they are born. Numerous prenatal studies have measured movements and startle reflexes to a mother's voice, music, and other environmental ...

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