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Musical Communication

Dorothy Miell, Raymond MacDonald, and David J. Hargreaves


Music is a powerful means of communication. It provides a means by which people can share emotions, intentions, and meanings even though their spoken languages may be mutually incomprehensible. It can also provide a vital lifeline to human interaction for those whose special needs make other means of communication difficult. Music can exert powerful physical effects, can produce deep and profound emotions within us, and can be used to generate infinitely subtle variations of expressiveness by skilled composers and performers. The book examines how music can be used to communicate and the biolo ... More

Keywords: music psychology, music and communication, special needs, musical notation, music and advertising

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198529361
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dorothy Miell, editor
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Raymond MacDonald, editor
Reader in Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK

David J. Hargreaves, editor
Professor of Education, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

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Chapter 1 How do people communicate using music?

David J. Hargreaves, Raymond MacDonald, and Dorothy Miell

Chapter 4 Music cognition

Annabel J. Cohen

Chapter 15 Talking about music

Raymond MacDonald, Dorothy Miell, and Graeme Wilson

Chapter 16 Hippies vs hip-hop heads

Janis McNair, and John Powles

Chapter 18 The role of music communication in cinema

Scott D. Lipscomb, and David E. Tolchinsky

Chapter 19 Musical communication in commercial contexts

Adrian C. North, and David J. Hargreaves

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