THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MUSIC TO GIFTED STUDENTS
Keywords:music, gifted students, emotional issues, asynchronous development, education
Music is believed to heal soul. It has been widely practiced to intervene emotional and psychological issues, and further improve students’ achievements. However, music is rarely practiced as intervention for gifted students who suffer from the asynchronous development effects such as burnout, depression and suicide. This study thus aims to explore the prominence of music to gifted students. Data collection were conducted through in-depth interview with 15 gifted students who were studying in GENIUS@Pintar National Gifted Centre, Malaysia. A survey with 64 gifted respondents was administered as a supplementary to support the interview data. Results revealed that music offers assistance to gifted students in four domain areas which are emotion, motivation, self-reflection, and awareness. This study has proven that music has contributed beyond emotional and psychological issues. Music sharpens the traits of giftedness and moulds those gifted students as successors that may contribute to the nation.