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The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

Edited by Richard Parncutt [[missing key: and]] Gary McPherson

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195138108
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849291 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195138108.001.0001
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Body Movement

Jane W. Davidson and Jorge Salgado Correia.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 6446 words.

Body movement plays a role in the construction, execution, and perception of musical performances. This chapter explores the interface between technical matters of physical control and the...

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Brain Mechanisms

Eckart Altenmüller and Wilfried Gruhn.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 7722 words.

This chapter reviews current knowledge about the brain mechanisms involved in music perception, music production, and music learning. It argues that a basic understanding of the enormously...

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Choir

Sten Ternström and Duane Richard Karna.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 6899 words.

During the past couple of decades, research into the acoustics of choir singing has uncovered numerous interesting effects that are of potential relevance to choral performance. Some...

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Emotional Communication

Patrik N. Juslin and Roland S. Persson.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 7621 words.

Of all the subskills that make up music performance, the ones associated with emotional communication are often viewed as the most elusive. They go right to the core of why people engage in...

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Environmental Influences

Heiner Gembris and Jane W. Davidson.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 6420 words.

Environmental and genetic factors affect individual development from fetus to adult, both generally and in the case of music. This chapter considers the difference between shared and...

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From Sound to Sign

Gary E. McPherson and Alf Gabrielsson.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 7895 words.

One of the most contentious issues in music pedagogy concerns when and how to introduce notation to a beginning instrumentalist. Most current teaching introduces musical notation very early...

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Improvisation

Barry J. Kenny and Martin Gellrich.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 7377 words.

Depending upon its sociocultural function, the term improvisation incorporates a multiplicity of musical meanings, behaviors, and practices. A feature common to all improvisation, however,...

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Intonation

Steven J. Morrison and Janina Fyk.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 6611 words.

Rather than an isolated ability, intonation is an amalgam of several sub-skills including pitch discrimination, pitch matching, and instrument tuning. Success at these skills depends on...

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Memory

Rita Aiello and Aaron Williamon.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 7217 words.

Performances from memory involve complex interactions among various methods of memorizing music. This chapter explores systematic and psychological research that has evaluated such...

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Motivation

Susan A. O’Neill and Gary E. McPherson.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 7774 words.

Research on motivation in music seeks to understand how children develop the desire to pursue the study of a musical instrument, how they come to value learning to play an instrument, why...

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Music Medicine

Alice G. Brandfonbrener and James M. Kjelland.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 6637 words.

Most of the medical problems of musicians are the shared consequence of the specific instrument, performance technique, and repertoire interacting with the physical and psychological nature...

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Musical Potential

Anthony E. Kemp and Janet Mills.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 6868 words.

This chapter discusses the identification of musical potential in childhood and considers the impact of an environment that is nurturing and stimulating. It addresses the place of musical...

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Performance Anxiety

Glenn D. Wilson and David Roland.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 6577 words.

This chapter provides an overview of the incidence and nature of performance anxiety in music, an issue that is clearly of importance to every musician and music educator. It argues that...

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Piano

Richard Parncutt and Malcolm Troup.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 8483 words.

This chapter presents some observations based on research on the physics and physiology of the keystroke, the acoustics and perception of piano timbre, and the psychology of piano...

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Practice

Nancy H. Barry and Susan Hallam.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 6109 words.

Musicians practice to gain technical proficiency, learn new repertoire, develop musical interpretation, memorize music, and prepare for performances. Based on available empirical research,...

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Rehearsing and Conducting

Harry E. Price and James L. Byo.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 7653 words.

This chapter discusses the role of conducting and rehearsal behaviors in establishing an appropriate and effective rehearsal atmosphere. Situations in which conductors provide predominantly...

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Sight-Reading

Andreas C. Lehmann and Victoria McArthur.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 7005 words.

From a psychological viewpoint, sight-reading involves perception (decoding note patterns), kinesthetics (executing motor programs), memory (recognizing patterns), and problem-solving...

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Solo Voice

Graham F. Welch and Johan Sundberg.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 6977 words.

The ability to use the voice to express music through singing is a characteristic of all known musical cultures. Each culture tends to value particular vocal timbres in the performance of...

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String Instruments

Knut Guettler and Susan Hallam.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 6429 words.

Research on the physics of bowed stringed instruments can help the string teacher to explain the underlying acoustical phenomena and to develop corresponding pedagogical strategies. The...

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Structural Communication

Anders Friberg and Giovanni Umberto Battel.

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

April 2002; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 7628 words.

Variations in timing and dynamics play an essential role in music performance. This is easily shown by having a computer perform a classical piece exactly as written in the score. The...

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