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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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