For most children in our culture, there is little further
musical development after the school years begin
unless they exhibit unusual musical talent or have
Musical repertoire may expand, skill in performance
may improve, and knowledge about music may
but creative development is minimal
Gardner states that this may be because "music
occupies a relatively low niche in our culture, musical
illiteracy is acceptable"
Our society does not have high musical expectations
for the average individual, in contract to expectations
for the mastery of verbal or mathematical skills.