The musical brain : what students, teachers, and performers need to know /

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Svard, Lois,


Oxford University Press,, New York, NY, United States of America, p.1 online resource (xiv, 288 pages) (2023)

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(OCoLC)fst01030397, (OCoLC)fst01030411, (OCoLC)fst01030418, (OCoLC)fst01030688, fast, Music, Music., Musical ability., Origin., Physiological aspects., Psychological aspects., thema, ukslc


Includes bibliographical references and index.Music and musicians : and why the brain matters -- Origins of music -- Born for music -- Learn an instrument : change your brain -- Learning and memory : two sides of the same coin -- Practice : it's all about quality -- Neuroplasticity : awe-inspiring to debilitating and back again -- Imagery : music in the minds eye, ear, body -- Seeing sound, hearing movement : music and mirror neurons -- Does music really make you smarter? -- Epilogue : thoughts on music and society."For centuries, poets and philosophers have written about the power of music, often suggesting that music is the essence of life itself, that music lives within us, that we are music. Scientists have dismissed these writings as flights of poetic fancy, or perhaps metaphor or artistic license. They have considered music to be a product of culture, and that's the way musicians have studied music as well. But have poets and philosophers perhaps had a better sense of the true nature of music? Have they been right all along in suggesting that music is life itself?"--Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 16, 2023).