The Musical Mind: Issues in Music Psychology

Learning Objective
The students will gain a thorough insight into a variety of subjects pertaining to the field of music psychology

Course Content 
Areas that could be discussed include:

  • neuropsychology; musicians 'brains
  • cognitive strategies: music making as a complex learning process
  • musical memory
  • how absolute is absolute pitch?
  • from sound to sign
  • sight reading
  • dyslexia and reading music
  • musical talent: an exploration of the field
  • musical development in children
  • music therapy
  • stage fright and performance skills
  • group interaction in a musical context

The selection of areas will be discussed with the students. Each student will choose a topic for a spoken presentation in the class.

Course details

teachers Marieke Oremus, Maaike Vertregt
term January-April 2023
readings Parncutt, R., and McPherson, G. (eds.), The Science and Psychology of Music Performance. New York etc.: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  Further readings in consultation with the students
assessment Presentation of a paper and a take-home exam, course attendance
credits 5
related electivesMoving and Musicking with the Elderly
  The Musical Body
  Patterns of Performance: The Neuroscience of Improving Experts