Communicative Musicality: Exploring the basis of human companionship

Paperback | April 4, 2010

EditorStephen Malloch, Colwyn Trevarthen

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Communicative Musicality explores the intrinsic musical nature of human interaction. The theory of communicative musicality was developed from groundbreaking studies showing how in mother/infant communication there exist noticeable patterns of timing, pulse, voice timbre, and gesture. Withoutintending to, the exchange between a mother and her infant follow many of the rules of musical performance, including rhythm and timing. This is the first book to be devoted to this topic. In a collection of cutting-edge chapters, encompassing brain science, human evolution, psychology, acoustics and music performance, it focuses on the rhythm and sympathy of musical expression in human communication from infancy. It demonstrates howspeaking and moving in rhythmic musical ways is the essential foundation for all forms of communication, even the most refined and technically elaborated, just as it is for parenting, good teaching, creative work in the arts, and therapy to help handicapped or emotionally distressed persons. A landmark in the literature, Communicative Musicality is a valuable text for all those in the fields of developmental, educational, and music psychology, as well as those in the field of music therapy.

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Communicative Musicality explores the intrinsic musical nature of human interaction. The theory of communicative musicality was developed from groundbreaking studies showing how in mother/infant communication there exist noticeable patterns of timing, pulse, voice timbre, and gesture. Withoutintending to, the exchange between a mother ...

Stephen Malloch is Adjunct Fellow at MARCS Auditory Laboratories, University of Western Sydney and works in private practice, counselling and coaching individuals and organizations around communication and the exploration of meaning. Having initially studied performance and musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Stephen com...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:April 4, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199588724

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1. Stephen Malloch and Colwyn Trevarthen: Musicality: communicating the vitality and interests of lifePart 1 - The Origins and Psychobiology of Musicality2. Ellen Dissanayake: Root, leaf, blossom, or bole: concerning the origin and adaptive function of music3. Per Aage Brandt: Music and how we became human: a view from cognitive semiotics - exploring imaginative hypotheses4. Bjorn Merker: Ritual foundations of human uniqueness5. Ian Cross and Iain Morley: The evolution of music: theories, definitions and the nature of the evidence6. David N Lee and Benjamin Schogler: Tau in musical expression7. Jaak Panksepp and Colwyn Trevarthen: The neuroscience of emotion in music8. Robert Turner and Andreas A Ioannides: Brain, music and musicality: inferences from neuroimagingPart 2 - Musicality in Infancy9. Katerina Mazokopaki and Giannis Kugiumutzakis: Infant rhythms: expressions of musical companionship10. Niki Powers and Colwyn Trevarthen: Voices of shared emotion and meaning: young infants and their mothers in Scotland and Japan11. Patricia Eckerdal and Bjorn Merker: 'Music' and the 'action song' in infant development: an interpretation12. Benjamin S Bradley: Early trios: patterns of sound and movement in the genesis of meaning between infants13. Helen Marwick and Lynne Murray: The effects of maternal depression on the 'musicality' of infant-directed speech and conversational engagement14. Maya Gratier and Gisele Apter-Danon: The improvised musicality of belonging: repetition and variation in mother-infant vocal interactionPart 3 - Musicality and Healing15. Nigel Osborne: Music for children in zones of conflict and post-conflict: a bio-psycho-social paradigm16. Mercedes Pavlicevic and Gary Ansdell: Between communicative musicality and collaborative musicing: a perspective from community music therapy17. Jacqueline Robarts: Supporting the development of mindfulness and meaning: clinical pathways in music therapy with a sexually abused child18. Karen E Bond: The human nature of dance: towards a theory of aesthetic community19. Tony Wigram and Cochavit Elefant: Therapeutic dialogues in music: nurturing musicality of communication in children with autistic spectrum disorder and Rett syndromePart 4 - Musicality of Learning in Childhood20. Frederick Erickson: Musicality in talk and listening: a key element in classroom discourse as an environment for learning21. Nicholas Bannan and Sheila Woodward: Spontaneity in the musicality and music learning of children22. Charlotte Frohlich: Vitality in music and dance as basic existential experience: application in teaching music23. Lori A Custodero: Intimacy and reciprocity in improvisatory musical performance: pedagogical lessons from adult artists and young childrenPart 5 - Musicality in Performance24. Ellen Dissanayake: Bodies swayed to music: the temporal arts as integral to ceremonial ritual25. Nigel Osborne: Towards a chronobiology of music26. Jane Davidson and Stephen Malloch: Musical communication: the body movements of performance27. Helena Maria Rodrigues, Paulo Maria Rodrigues and Jorge Salgado Correia: Communicative musicality as creative participation: from early childhood to advanced performance