Music in performance arts

Annabel J. Cohen

in Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780199298457
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Music in performance arts

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This article considers the psychology of music in the contexts of performance arts, in particular the arts of the moving image, drama, and dance. Research in the psychology of music far exceeds psychological research in any of the other arts. Within music psychology, research on the role of music in film and television constitutes a small but vibrant subdomain. The growing research on the psychology of film music reveals that the role of music in the context of other performance arts is amenable to psychological investigation. Similar progress can be envisioned for a psychology of music in theatre and dance, where foundations are fortunately beginning to emerge.

Keywords: music psychology; performing arts; film music; theatre; dance

Article.  6540 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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