The Developmental Psychology of Music

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, Dec 18, 1986 - Music - 260 pages
1 Review
This book sets out the psychological basis of musical development in children and adults. The study has two major objectives: to review the research findings, theories and methodologies relevant to the developmental study of music; and to offer a framework within which these can be organised so as to pave the way for future research. It describes the relationship between thinking and music, and discusses the relationship between thinking and music in pre-schoolers and schoolchildren in areas such as singing, aesthetic appreciation, rhythmic and melodic development, and the acquisition of harmony and tonality. The book describes the development of musical taste, and discusses the questions of musical creativity, and of the social psychology of musical taste and fashion. As a comprehensive study of the links between developmental psychology and music education, Hargreaves' work demonstrates the practical and theoretical importance of psychological research on the process underlying children's musical perception, cognition and performance.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

The developmental psychology of music
1
The perspective of music psychology
3
The perspective of developmental psychology
4
The musical perspective
6
Psychological approaches to musical development
10
Plan of the book
28
Childrens thinking and musical development
31
Piagets theory
32
Behavioural studies
132
Psychometric studies
135
Creativity personality and musical development
143
The concept of creativity
144
The creative process
146
Cognitive processes in composition and improvisation
150
Theories of creativity
152
The creative person
160

Gardners theory
50
The development of aesthetic appreciation
52
Musical development in the preschooler
60
Early responses to sound and music
61
The development of song
66
Development of rhythmic skills
80
Musical development in the schoolchild
83
Development of melodic skills
84
Development of harmonic skills
92
Childrens representation of music
94
Environmental influences on musical development
100
Development of responses to music
105
definitions
106
Methodological approaches
108
Experimental aesthetics and responses to music
110
Dimensional studies of responses to music
123
Archivalhistorical approaches
128
The psychometric approach
167
Social psychology and musical development
179
Theories of social influence
180
Popular culture and the development of musical taste
184
Experimental studies of social influence
194
Musical fashions
203
Developmental psychology and music education
213
The scope of music education
214
The curriculum
216
Methods of instruction
219
Assessment and evaluation
224
Conclusion
226
REFERENCES
228
AUTHOR INDEX
252
SUBJECT INDEX
258
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

Music, Mind, and Education
Keith Swanwick
No preview available - 1988
All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information