Spotting facets of musical potential


This resource was developed in partnership with Youth Music. The full resource can also be found on the Youth Music Network. For details of the history behind this work, click here.

It can be quite straightforward to spot ability, or potential ability, if you know what you’re looking for, or if you know what you’d like to see. But it’s harder if you don’t!  Working with schools, music leaders, teachers and music organisations, we identified a set of ‘facets of musical potential’.  Click on any of the facets below for examples of how these may manifest, with video examples.

1) Enjoyment
2) Active listening
3) Absorption in the music
4) Commitment to the process
5) Inclination to explore
6) Inclination to lead
7) Memory
8) Expression

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