Ein Leben für die Musikpsychologie: Nachruf Prof. Dr. Maria Manturzewska (1930 – 2020)
A Life for Music Psychology: Obituary Prof. Dr. Maria Manturzewska (1930 – 2020)

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Heiner Gembris


This paper pays tribute to the lifetime achievements of the Polish music psychologist Prof. Dr. Maria Manturzewska (1930 – 2020) for Polish and international music psychology. She founded and headed the first working group for music psychology research at the Pedagogical Center of Art and Music Schools of the Ministry of Culture in Warsaw as early as 1956 and organized the first music psychology conference in Poland. She imported all available standardized music tests of that time, as well as intelligence and personality tests, which were translated, restandardized, normalized and applied in research and music education. With her pioneering research on the biographical development of professional musicians, she gave decisive impulses to the establishment of the lifetime perspective of musical development. With the founding of the Institute for Research in Music Education in 1974 at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, she was able to achieve a significant milestone for the institutionalization of music psychology. In 1985, she was appointed to the first chair of music psychology in Poland, which she held until her retirement in 2000. In addition to her pioneering research on musical talent and lifespan musical development, Maria Manturzewska was outstanding in the development, establishment, and institutionalization of music psychology. Under her leadership, Polish music psychology was established in the postwar years, and brought to a remarkable flowering and international recognition closely associated with her person. Maria Manturzewska's life's work will continue to be a source of scientific insight and inspiration for the scientific community.

music psychology; Poland; musical giftedness and talent; measurement of giftedness; psychometric research; music education; gifted education; musical development; lifespan perspective of musical development

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