Music Psychology And The Music

2266 Words Nov 16th, 2014 10 Pages
1.0 Introduction
1.1 What is Music Psychology
Music Psychology, also known as Psychology of Music is observed in the areas of Psychology and musicology. The main focus of this topic is to explain and understand Musical behaviour and experiences. This includes the progression which music is created, perceived, responded to and how it incorporates into everyday life. In modern Music Psychology, the knowledge has a tendency to advance on the basis of interpretations of data collected by observations and interactions with human participant making it empirical. Music Psychology is a part of many different research with practical relevance, including composition, education, performance and therapy, as well as investigations of peoples aptitude, skill, intelligence, creativity and social behaviour.
1.2 History of Music Psychology
Prior to the 19th Century, the study of sound and musical wonder was focused mostly of the mathematical modelling of pitch and tone. The first of many experiments date from the 6th century BCE, most remarkably in the work of Pythagoras and his founding’s of the string length ratios that formed the consonances of the octave. The view that sound and music could be understood from a physical standpoint was repeated by theorists as Anaxagoras and Boethius. Anaxagoras suggested modern music psychology could only be understood through human perception and the relation to human memory. Regardless of his views, musical education throughout the Middle Ages and…
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