Music psychology, or the psychology of music, may be regarded as a branch of psychology, a branch of musicology or as a field integrating with clinical music therapy. It aims to explain and understand musical behavior and musical experience. Modern music psychology is mainly empirical: music-psychological knowledge tends to advance primarily on the basis of interpretations of data about musical behavior and experience, which are collected by systematic observation of and interaction with human participants.
The modern, international field of music psychology is gradually exploring a multitude of issues that surround the question of why humans spend enormous amounts of time, effort, and money on musical activities. Music psychology may be regarded as scientific research about human culture. The results of this research have, and will continue to have, direct implications for matters of general concern: human values, human identity, human nature, and quality of life.
Where to Find Work?
The Music Psychology Lab at the University of Connecticut investigates the cognitive processes involved in music. The lab specializes in longitudinal case studies of musicians preparing for performance. In addition, the lab is studying listeners’ responses to music, entrainment to music, and effects of movement on cognition.
We are always looking for musicians, both expert and amateur, who are willing to participate in studies. If you are interested, please read projects: Performance Cue Survey and Study Your Own Music Performance. Please contact Roger Chaffin for more information.
The music therapist usually works as a team member in the neuroscience, hospital rehabilitation or therapy department with other therapists from such disciplines as speech, physical and occupational therapy. Other employment settings include mental health centers, physical rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, schools, institutions or private clinics, and correctional...