The Musical Mind
The Cognitive Psychology of Music
By (author) John A. Sloboda
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Musical Mind by John A. Sloboda
Book DescriptionWhat are the mental processes involved in listening to, performing, and composing music? What is involved in 'understanding' a piece of music? How are such skills acquired? Questions such as these form the basis of the cognitive psychology of music. The author addresses these questions by surveying the growing experimental literature on the subject. The topics covered will be of interest to psychologists, as windows onto a human cognitive skill of some complexity that is only now beginning to receive the attention devoted to such skills as language. They are also relevant to musicians who are seeking to understand the psychological bases of their skills. The author does not simply review existing research, but takes a critical look at what has been achieved in the subject, introducing such topics as composition and musical skill in non-literate cultures. He draws freely on his own knowledge and experience as a practising musician, as well as a psychologist, to provide an overview that is scholarly and also accessible to the general reader.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198521280
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 17-Apr-1986
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John A. Sloboda
Psychology for Musicians, Hardback (March 2007)
Provides an introduction to psychological research for musicians - performers, music educators, and studio teachers. This work addresses the nature-nurture problem, identification and assessment of musical aptitude, musical development, adult skill maintenance, technical and expressive skills, practice, interpretation and expressivity, and more.
Exploring the Musical Mind, Hardback (December 2004)
Since the publication in 1986 of Sloboda's book The Musical Mind, music psychology has developed as a vibrant area of research, exerting influence on areas as diverse as music education and cognitive neuroscience. This new book brings together 23 selected essays and reviews written by an internationally acclaimed authority on music and the mind.
Generative Processes in Music, Paperback (January 2001)» View all books by John A. Sloboda
This title presents pioneering studies of the processes by which music is generated. It looks at the generation of expression in musical performance, the problems of synchrony in ensemble performance, rehearsal strategies of pianists, improvisational skill in trained and untrained musicians, children's spontaneous notations for music and more.
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