My books on the psychology of music all say that musical understanding, musical behavior is learned... and that it is cultural... ie., never genetic.
Can this be true?
These books say that it is therefore incorrect to ever suggest that some ethnic groups "have rhythm", or that other ethnic groups can all sing (one hears about the Welsh, Italians, Mexicans, Filipinos). At Berklee, it was said that only Black musicians could truly "swing". Whites could try at it, and Asians, the wisdom held, were hopeless at it.
So even child prodigies like Mozart or this amazing little kid, Avery Molek, simply began learning cultural musical norms after their births, and are simply picking up cultural norms heard in their environment.
But my books even say that things like rhythm, harmony and melody are all learned, cultural behaviors.
What say you on this score?
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