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Educator: Like many other difficult pursuits, music requires

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Educator: Like many other difficult pursuits, music requires intense study and practice from an early age in order for one to become proficient. But many school music programs encourage only children who demonstrate early aptitude to continue studying music, while children who do not appear especially musical are directed towards other activities. Having learned to think of themselves as musically inept, these children do not devote any time to music, and thus some of them deprive themselves of the opportunity to develop latent but potentially significant musical talent.

The educator's statements, if true, would best support which of the following conclusions?

A)Music education should not devote special attention to talented students.
B)Everyone has the potential to learn music.
C)Talent is not always apparent at an early age.
D)Children are particularly sensitive to criticism from adults.
E)All children should study music.


A,B and E are out of scope because they don't follow premises in the passage. i was confused between C and D , but than on reading the passage again i noticed :
Having learned to think of themselves as musically inept, these children do not devote any time to music, and thus some of them deprive themselves of the opportunity to develop latent but potentially significant musical talent.

Since D is a generic statement. It's eliminated. Hence C is the correct answer.
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C - Not all - so hard to argue. It's not always apparent as some have latent but great potential.

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mikemcgarry I am still confused between C and D
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mikemcgarry I am still confused between C and D

Dear prateek176

I'm happy to respond. :-)

This prompt, which is best supported, is very close to an inference prompt. See this blog:
GMAT Critical Reasoning: Find the Conclusion or Inference
An inference has to stick very close to the given information. There can be no huge leaps.

Here's the paragraph:
Educator: Like many other difficult pursuits, music requires intense study and practice from an early age in order for one to become proficient. But many school music programs encourage only children who demonstrate early aptitude to continue studying music, while children who do not appear especially musical are directed towards other activities. Having learned to think of themselves as musically inept, these children do not devote any time to music, and thus some of them deprive themselves of the opportunity to develop latent but potentially significant musical talent.
This whole thing is about music and musical talent.

The clear inference is that there are some children who have musical talent but this talent isn't evident at a young age. In other words, "Talent is not always apparent at an early age." This is what (C) says. Technically, we can only infer what is true about "musical talent," but that is something true about at least some talent in general.

Choice (D) is much more far-reaching. It's tempting, because we intuit that it's probably true, but technically, this passage is only about the narrow topic of music and musical talent. Is how children react to adult feedback about music similar to how they would react to other adult feedback? Maybe. We don't know. We are not are rigorously certain grounds here, so this is not a good inference.

Does this make sense?
Mike :-)
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