How does music affect our moods?
What is the best way to develop musical skills?
How does the definition of music vary between cultures?
The Psychology of Music explores the important impact music has on our everyday lives, and its influence on society, groups and individual people. It demonstrates how music can benefit our intellectual functioning, and health and well-being, and examines musical ability as both a gift and something that can be developed through learning and practice.
Music can enhance our understanding of humanity and modern life and The Psychology of Music shows us the significance of music, and the power it can have over our behaviour.
Table of Contents
1. Music, its significance and functions 2. The processing of music 3. The development of general musical skills 4. Music in everyday life 5. The benefits of music to health and well-being 6. Issues relating to musical ability 7. The development of specialist musical skills 8. The benefits of music to intellectual functioning
Dr Susan Hallam is Emerita Professor of Education and Music Psychology at the UCL Institute of Education. She was awarded an MBE in the 2015 new year’s honours list. She pursued careers as both a professional musician and a music educator before joining the Institute of Education, University of London in 1991. She joined Oxford Brookes as Professor of Education in January 2000 returning to the Institute of Education in January 2001.