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Musical Perceptions

Edited by Rita Aiello
with John A. Sloboda

Publication Date - 06 January 1994

ISBN: 9780195064766

304 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


Musical Perceptions is a much-needed text that introduces students of both music and psychology to the study of music perception and cognition. Because the book aims to foster a closer interaction between research in the science and the art of music, both psychologists and musicians contribute chapters on a wide range of topics, including the philosophy of music; research in musical performance; perception of melody, tonality, and rhythm; pedagogical issues; language and music; and neural networks. With their unique ability to introduce musical and psychological concepts to first-time students in the area, Rita Aiello and John Sloboda have edited a volume that will be popular with undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in the perception, psychology, and aesthetics of music. They have prefaced each chapter with an introduction to the chapter's research. This book will also be useful to cognitive and physiological psychologists and music theorists interested in music perception.

About the Author(s)

Rita Aiello, Ph.D., is a professor at the Julliard School, and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychology at New York University, and an adjunct professor at the Manhattan School of Music. Dr. Aiello, a pianist, has an interest in the nature, the meaning and the understanding of music.

John A. Sloboda, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of Keele, Staffordshire.

Table of Contents

    PART I: Philosophical Perspectives
    1. Emotion and Meaning in Music, Chapter 1, L.B. Meyer
    2. Music and Language: Parallels and Contrasts, R. Aiello
    3. Perception: A Perspective from Music Theory, N. Cook
    PART II: Developmental Perspectives
    4. Song Singing by Young and Old: A Developmental Approach to Music, L. Davidson
    5. Coming to Hear in a New Way, J. Bamberger
    6. Music Performance: Expression and Development of Excellence, J.A. Sloboda
    PART III: The Perception of Melody
    7. Melodic Contour in Hearing and Remembering Melodies, W.J. Dowling
    PART IV: The Perception of Tonality
    8. Describing the Mental Representation of Tonality in Music, D. Butler and H. Brown
    9. Tonality and Expectation, J.J. Bharucha
    PART V: The Perception of Rhythm and Timing
    10. Perception, Production, and Imitation of Time Ratios by Skilled Musicians, S. Sternberg and R.L. Knoll
    11. The Interpretive Component in Musical Performance, L.H. Shaffer and N.P. Todd
    PART VI: The Perception of Musical Compositions
    12. Can Listening to Music Be Experimentally Studied?, R. Aiello

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