Defense Date

1980

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

John M. Mahoney

Abstract

Existing commentary and research on the nature of musical talent was reviewed and found lacking in conception, primarily because previous researchers had failed to identify the unique creative element a musician contributes to a musical performance. The personality structures of 60 subjects, 32 males and 28 females, were analyzed via the 16PF. A Pearson Product Moment Correlation, an ANOVA, and a second order factor analysis were used to assess the relationship between personality and musical talent for 1) persons with little or no musical ability, 2) highly talented university music majors, and 3) professional performing musicians. Significant relationships were found for talent and perseverance, age, self-sufficiency, discipline, and creativity. Non-significant linear trends were found for nine other personality dimensions. Personality profiles were constructed for the three groups.

Comments

Scanned, with permission from the author, from the original print version, which resides in University Archives.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

10-17-2018

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Psychology Commons

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