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Communicative musicality : exploring the basis of human companionship / edited by Stephen Malloch and Colwyn Trevarthen.

  • Malloch, Stephen
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About this work


"Communicative Musicality explores the intrinsic musical nature of human interaction. The theory of 'communicative musicality' was developed from groundbreaking studies showing how in mother-infant communication there exist noticeable patterns of timing, vocal timbre and melodic gesture. Without intending to do so, the exchanges between a mother and her infant follow typical rules of musical performance, with distinct timing and melodic narratives." "This is the first book to be devoted to this topic. In a collection of cutting-edge chapters, encompassing brain science, human evolution, psychology, therapy and music performance, it focuses on the rhythm and sympathy of musical expression in human communication from infancy. It demonstrates how speaking and moving in musical dance-like ways is the essential foundation for all forms of communication, even the most refined and technically elaborated, just as it is for parenting, good teaching, creative work in the arts and therapy to help disabled or emotionally distressed persons." "A landmark in the field, Communicative Musicality clarifies principles of motor control and communication that are fundamental for the sciences of psychology, linguistics and cognitive neuroscience. It will be a valuable text for all those in the areas of developmental, educational and music psychology, as well as those who study and practice the different forms of therapy."--Jacket.


Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.

Physical description

xvi, 627 pages : illustrations, charts (some colour) ; 26 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Musicality / Stephen Malloch and Colwyn Trevarthen -- Root, leaf, blossom or bole / Ellen Dissanayake -- Music and how we became human / Per Aage Brandt -- Ritual foundations of human uniqueness / Bjorn Merker -- The evolution of music / Ian Cross and Iain Morley -- Tau in musical expression / David N. Lee and Benjaman Schøgler -- The neuroscience of emotion in music / Jaak Panksepp and Colwyn Trevarthen -- Brain, music, and musicality / Robert Turner and Andreas A. Ioannides -- Infant rhythms / Katerina Mazokopaki and Giannis Kugiumutzakis -- Voices of shared emotion and meaning / Niki Powers and Colwyn Trevarthen -- "Music" and the "action song" in infant development / Patricia Eckerdal and Bjorn Merker -- Early trios / Benjamin S. Bradley -- The effects of maternal depression on the "musicality" of infant-directed speech and conversational engagement / Helen Marwick and Lynne Murray -- The improvised musicality of belonging / Maya Gratier and Gisèle Apter-Danon -- Music for children in zones of conflict and post-conflict / Nigel Osborne -- Between communicative musicality and collaborative musicing / Mercédès Pavlicevic and Gary Ansdell -- Supporting the development of mindfulness and meaning / Jacqueline Robarts -- The human nature of dance / Karen Bond -- Therapeutic dialogues in music / Tony Wigram and Cochavit Elefant -- Musicality in talk and listening / Frederick Erickson -- Spontaneity in the musicality and music learning of children / Nicholas Bannan and Sheila Woodward -- Vitality in music and dance as basic existential experience / Charlotte Frøhlich -- Intimacy and reciprocity in improvisatory musical performance / Lori A. Custodero -- Bodies swayed to music / Ellen Dissanayake -- Towards a chronobiology of musical rhythm / Nigel Osborne -- Musical communication / Jane Davidson and Stephen Malloch -- Communicative musicality as creative participation / Helena Maria Rodrigues, Paulo Maria Rodrigues, and Jorge Salgado Correia.


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    Medical Collection WB550 2009M25c


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  • 9780198566281