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On Academic Books on Music, Talent Development, Creative Process and the Paradise that is the Library

As an academic, I relish the joy of being able to do what I do best (which is to read and write) – and yes, GatheringBooks is one of my links to sanity, so that I do not drown in academic treatise and the often laboriously-written text of most researchers. For our Semantics and Soul project, I went on a book-borrowing frenzy this morning from our glorious NIE library to know more about the psychology of music, the creative process among musicians, musical development, and so forth. My goal is to at least come up with a 35-paged manuscript to be sent for peer-review in one of the gifted/ creativity/ talent development journals before the year ends (an impossible feat, I know, but I shall try). And this is not counting the journal articles that I also need to read. Sometimes I do wonder if this is self-flagellation of sorts. Here are the yummy books.

My favorite here is Haroutounian's Kindling the Spark - I'd probly bring this one with me for our trip next week. I'm also interested in the musical temperament and the developmental psychology of music. I would most likely be reading snippets here and there, depending on what I need the most
I would most likely be able to use the Zimmerman book most of all (artistically and musically gifted), I'd extract quite a few from the others - psychology of music interests me. I wonder what's been done on this, particularly in the Southeast Asian context?
I so like these two books. The Musician's Soul just flew into my hands from the bookshelves earlier. And The Cultural Study of Music would come in handy for the joint publication that Prof. Hernandez and I are thinking of doing
The three books on top I am sure I shall enjoy reading. Social History of rock and roll, Rock History Reader, and Mass Music and Mass Movements. The two books below are just as lovely and interesting - creative process in music and Folk Heritage in Music from the early centuries til the present.
18 books on development of musical talent, creative process of musicians, psychology of music, music culture and nationhood - and the icing on my layered bookcake would be the journal articles - looks like I have my work cut out for me.

Happy Holidays indeed. What a break. Haha. =)

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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