How do musical skills develop in children? What factors influence their development? What factors inhibit their development? Why do we like certain music during childhood and adolescence? Can music affect the development of other cognitive abilities in children, and how? These are just some of the questions considered in this fascinating new work. 'The Child as Musician' is an authoritative and comprehensive handbook of musical development from conception to late adolescence. Within 24 chapters by leading specialists, it celebrates the richness and diversity of the many different ways in which children can engage in and interact with music.