music

The late Sir Michael Tippett is widely acknowledged as being foremost amongst English composers of the mid- to late 20th century. He was born on 4 January 1905 and died on 8 January 1998, a few days after his 93rd birthday. In many ways a centenary somehow seems inappropriate...

The digital revolution means that the manner in which people obtain and listen to music has changed radically since the early 1990s. Legal and illegal websites make it possible to obtain a massive range of music within moments. These sites are complemented by a panoply of...

Historically, as in education more generally, psychology played a major role in music education through the development of psychometric tests to assess musical ability. Testing began in 1883 when Carl Stumpf suggested a number of simple aural tests that music teachers might...

Our ability to experience and understand expressed emotions is something we take for granted. Whilst we may be aware that the feelings we experience in response to a spring morning, or a heavy day at the office, differ in quality from those we experience when listening to a...

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.


In the above quotation Victor Hugo captures a widely acknowledged attribute of music – the sense that it helps us to communicate. It has been described, for...

No human society has existed without music, and many people experience music as a crucial aspect of their everyday lives. Music offers numerous personal and social benefits, including improvements in cognitive-emotional awareness, enhanced self-regulating behaviour, and...

Learning that cognitive faculties can go awry, or even fail to develop, gives us special insight into abilities we often take for granted. The capacity to make sense of musical sound is one such example. In Western culture, someone would not count themselves as ‘musical’...