The psychology of music – an overview
The psychology of music is a well-established discipline and has been instrumental in understanding social and cultural phenomena that regularly transpire in human beings' daily lives. As a formative and well-founded discipline of study, the psychology of music has its own institutions, empirical methods, research agenda, and a wide range of publications. Since the book generally focuses on trying to understand phenomena and to answer questions related to music and veers away from reflecting on the psychology of music as a well-established discipline, this chapter attempts to compensate by providing a foundation on the book's primary field of study. This final chapter presents a brief history of the psychology of music which dates back to the era of well-known Greek philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, and Aristoxenus. This brief account presents how the psychology of music has developed over time and how the discipline looks at present in this contemporary era. Its development, however, brought forth a number of preoccupations and blind spots which this chapter touches upon as it closes.
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