The effects of music in community and educational settings

Susan Hallam and Raymond MacDonald

in Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The effects of music in community and educational settings

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This article reviews the literature that has explored the ways in which music may have benefits beyond those associated with our enjoyment of active engagement or listening in community and educational settings. It outlines developments in community music, considers research that has assessed its impact, explores the way in which music has been used to attain educational aims beyond those relating to music education itself, and considers issues and findings relating to the use of background music when studying.

Keywords: music psychology; music listening; community music; music education; background music

Article.  5966 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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