In simple terms, musical talent is the ability to be keenly aware of sounds, to inwardly sense and manipulate these sounds, and to communicate these sounds to others with personal interpretation. The assessment of musical talent has drawn interest and controversy of opinion since the turn of the 20th century, with different viewpoints debated across different musical fields of study. A comprehensive approach to assessment recognizes the multifaceted nature of musical talent, which includes fine-tuned discrimination of sound (music aptitude), an adept cognitive-developmental process of learning through music (musical intelligence), the physical ability to perform well, and the creative/interpretive process of communicating ideas and emotions through sound.

Music Aptitude

The capacity to discriminate sound is detectable prior to birth and observable from infancy. Music psychologists define ...

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