Arts Talent ID (with downloads)

Author: Haroutounian, Joanne Ph.D.

Subjects: Teacher Resources; Art / Drama / Music

ISBN: 978-0-89824-486-1

Order code: 4861D

Price: $50.00
Website price: $50.00

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"Haroutounian has written a valuable book for teachers and administrators to identify elementary and secondary students who hunger for and need advanced instruction and challenges in the arts.... I think this book is a breakthrough for arts specialists, classroom teachers, administrators, and parents." – Gail N.Herman, Ph.D., NAGC Arts Network Newsletter, Summer 2014

Arts Talent ID is an important book that offers specialists in the fields of gifted education and the arts an effective and pragmatic way to identify students who display potential talent in the arts (music, visual arts, dance/movement, theater/drama).

The identification framework includes an overview of recommended arts identification procedures and their comparison with normal gifted/talented procedures. The framework offers criteria for identification that recognize arts-specific talent characteristics based on analysis of identification and performance/portfolio assessment instruments used by arts specialists and gifted/arts programs across the country.

Arts Talent ID provides a comprehensive arts identification procedure that can be pragmatically implemented in any school, from general classroom observations to specialized audition/portfolio assessments.

Information for download accompanies the book and contains forms that can be printed out and used. 

About the Book: Dr. Joanne Haroutounian has been researching and writing about artistic ways of knowing and the importance of including the arts in gifted and talented identification for decades, presenting regularly at NAGC conferences and chairing the Arts Network when influential people like Elliot Eisner were brought to the conference. She says: "I began with the Arts ID framework first because it is sorely needed, and there is nothing available that provides a solid identification structure reflecting specific arts talent criteria. I have received lots of interest in the framework and am pleased that it will be widely available to those in the gifted and arts fields."

About the Author: Dr. Haroutounian enjoys a career across the fields of music, arts education, piano pedagogy, educational psychology, and gifted education as a teacher, performer, researcher, lecturer, writer, and consultant. Her multifaceted career affords her the opportunity to consult internationally. She is frequently in demand as a clinician and consultant because of the breadth of topics she offers emphasizing the artistic process in performance and across artistic knowing.

Dr. Haroutounian serves on the music faculty of George Mason University, overseeing its piano pedagogy program and offering doctoral seminars exploring musical talent and artistic ways of knowing. She has presented numerous sessions at the World Congress of Gifted Education, the Music Teachers National Association, and the National Association for Gifted Children, where she served as chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Division from 1995 to 1997. She was plenary speaker at the Pacific Asian Conference on Giftedness in Singapore (2008) and the International Symposium on Gifted Arts in Seoul, Korea (2009), speaking on musical talent identification and gifted/arts education for all students. She returned to Singapore as principal clinician at the International Piano Pedagogy Seminar in July 2009.

Dr. Haroutounian is well-known for editing and writing numerous teaching publications. Her book Kindling the Spark: Recognizing and Developing Musical Talent is a leading resource on musical talent development for researchers, teachers, parents, and college students. She has contributed chapters in Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education, Early Gifts: Recognizing and Nurturing Children’s Talents, and the Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity and Talent. Articles by Dr. Haroutounian can be found in Roeper Review, Arts Education Policy Review, High Ability Studies, and The American Music Teacher.

Dr. Haroutounian’s specialized research in musical talent development led to the founding of the MusicLink program, which provides long-term private instruction to promising students in financial need. She is founder and Executive Director of the MusicLink Foundation. More information on this nonprofit organization can be found at

Dr. Haroutounian lives in Arlington, Virginia, and has shared 45 musical years with her husband, William, a violinist in the National Symphony Orchestra.

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