The Social and Applied Psychology of Music by Adrian NorthThe Social and Applied Psychology of Music by Adrian North

The Social and Applied Psychology of Music

byAdrian North, David Hargreaves

Hardcover | May 10, 2008

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Music is so ubiquitous that it can be easy to overlook the powerful influence it exerts in so many areas of our lives - from birth, through childhood, to old age. The Social and Applied Psychology of Music is the successor to the bestselling and influential Social Psychology of Music. Itconsiders the value of music in everyday life, answering some of the perennial questions about music. The book begins with a scene-setting chapter that describes the academic background to the book, before looking at composition and musicianship. It then goes on to look at musical preference. What aspects of music are crucial in determining whether or not you will like it? In chapter 4 the authors consider whether rap and rock are bad for young people, highlighting some of the major moral scandals that have rocked pop music, and asks whether these have become more extreme over time. The following chapter looks at music as a commercial product. How does the structureof the music industry affect the music that we hear on the radio and buy? The book closes with an examination of music education. How does musical ability develop in children, and how does this relate to more general theories of how intellectual skills develop? Do musical skills develop independently of other abilities? Exceptionally broad in scope, and written in a highly accessible style by the leading researchers in this field, The Social and Applied Psychology of Music will be required reading for anyone seeking an understanding of the role music plays in our lives.
Adrian North obtained his PhD on music psychology in 1996. He then took a lecturing position at the University of Leicester, before being appointed Professor of Psychology at Heriot Watt University in 2007. His research interests include musical preference, the effects of music on consumers, and the impact of pop music on adolescents....
Title:The Social and Applied Psychology of MusicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:394 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:May 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198567421

ISBN - 13:9780198567424


Table of Contents

1. The social and applied psychology of music2. Composition and musicianship3. Musical preference and taste4. 'Problem music' and subcultures5. Music, business, work, and health6. Musical development and education7. Concluding remarks