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Musical Imaginations: Multidisciplinary perspectives on creativity, performance and perception

David Hargreaves, Dorothy Miell, and Raymond MacDonald


Musical imagination and creativity are amongst the most abstract and complex aspects of musical behaviour, though, until recently, they have been difficult to subject to empirical enquiry. However, music psychology and some allied disciplines have now developed, both theoretically and methodologically, to the point where some of these topics are now firmly within our grasp. The study of creativity and imagination is growing rapidly in disciplines including psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and education. The inter- and multidisciplinary study of music, and developments in music psychology i ... More

Keywords: musical imagination, creativity, musical behaviour, psychology, sociology, neuroscience, education, study of music, performance, perception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199568086
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Hargreaves, editor
Professor of Education, Roehampton University, UK

Dorothy Miell, editor
Professor of Social Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Science, University of Edinburgh, UK

Raymond MacDonald, editor
Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation, School of Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

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Part 1 Perspectives from musicology, sociology, and ethnomusicology

Part 2 Perspectives from cognitive, social, and developmental psychology

Part 3 Perspectives from socio-cultural psychology

Part 4 Perspectives from neuroscience

Part 5 Perspectives from education, psychiatry, and therapy

Part 6 Afterword