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Psychology for Musicians: Understanding and Acquiring the Skills / Edition 1

Psychology for Musicians: Understanding and Acquiring the Skills / Edition 1

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What is it that accounts for the differences between musical beginners, advanced music makers, and world class performers? Virtually everyone likes music and has the capacity to be musical in some way (despite what some may say about themselves). Yet far fewer people come to be so involved with it that they identify themselves as musicians, and fewer still become musicians of international class.

Psychology for Musicians provides the basis for answering this question. Examining the processes that underlie the acquisition of musical skills, Lehmann, Sloboda, and Woody provide a concise, accessible, and up-to-date introduction to psychological research for musicians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195146103
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/08/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 506,127
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Andreas C. Lehmann is Professor of (Systematic) Musicology at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg, Germany.

John Sloboda is Professor of Psychology at Keele University. A Fellow of the British Psychological Society, he has been President of both the Psychology and General Sections of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music.

Robert Woody is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music.

Table of Contents

Musical Learning
Science and Musical Skills     5
Development     25
Motivation     44
Practice     61
Musical Skills
Expression and Interpretation     85
Reading or Listening and Remembering     107
Composition and Improvisation     127
Managing Performance Anxiety     145
Musical Roles
The Performer     165
The Teacher     185
The Listener     205
The User     224
References     243
Index     265

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