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Music in the Human Experience

An Introduction to Music Psychology, 1st Edition

By Donald A. Hodges


440 pages

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Paperback: 9780415881869
pub: 2010-12-08
Hardback: 9780415881852
pub: 2010-12-08

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All human societies in every corner of the globe engage in music. For many, it occupies a primary role. Taken collectively, these musical experiences are widely varied, hugely complex affairs. How did human beings come to be musical creatures? How and why do our bodies respond to music? Why do people have emotional responses to music? This textbook seeks to understand and explain these phenomena that are at the core of what it means to be a human being.

Music in the Human Experience: An Introduction to Music Psychology is a textbook for college courses in music psychology, primarily geared to students of music. It incorporates several other disciplines to provide an explanation for why and how we make sense of music and respond to it, cognitively, physically, and emotionally.


  • Comprehensive Coverage--Includes philosophical issues, biomusic, anthropology, ethnomusicology, acoustics, hearing, music perception and cognition, psychophysiological responses to music, emotional responses, music and the brain, personality, identity, music performance, learning theories, music and health, and social aspects of music.
  • Media Tutorials—A series of 32 narrated media presentations incorporating photographs, drawings, animations, recordings of singers, instrumentalists, and ensembles, and several interactive media files that illustrate key concepts of the text.
  • Pedagogical Aids—Discussion questionsat the end of each chapter provide teachers and students with an opportunity to reflect on key concepts presented in the text and to consider ideas, such as how information applies to their musical lives and careers. In addition, there is an extensive glossary and Companion Website with brief quizzes, flash cards of key terms, and supplemental reading lists.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introducing Music Psychology 1. What is Music Psychology? 2. Philosophical Issues in Music Psychology 3. How We Came to be Musical 4. Music Around the World and Across Time Part 2: Perceiving, Understanding and Responding to Music 5. Acoustical Foundations of Music 6. Musical Hearing 7. Psychoacoustics and the Perception of Music 8. Music Cognition 9. Music and the Brain 10. Bodily Responses to Music 11. Musical Emotions Part 3. Being Musical 12. The Musical Person 13. Music Performance 14. Music Teaching and Learning 15. Music and Health 16. Music in Social Contexts

About the Author

Donald A. Hodges is Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and Director of the Music Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has authored numerous book chapters and articles on music education and music psychology and collaborated on a series of brain imaging studies of pianists, conductors, and singers.

David C. Sebald is Associate Professor and Director of the Music Technology Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he teaches courses in digital music and media production. He is also director/owner of a multimedia development company, Advanced Instructional Media.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General