Are we wired for music?

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Donald A. Hodges, Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and Director of the Music Research Institute (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: In recent years there has been an explosion of research into the phenomenon or music in the brain. This has been paralleled by a much inure visible presence in the popular media. Unfortunately. what is reported in scholarly journals is not always what is presented in the press. The purpose of this article is to bridge the gap between the two. Before beginning this discussion, several brief points need to be made. (1) Space does not permit extensive discussion of the ideas presented. Thus, the emphasis is on broad generalities, rather than specific details. Readers wishing more information can consult the reading list provided at the end. (2) Throughout, the terms "myths" and "facts" should be taken quite liberally. That is, some of the statements labeled as myths could be rephrased as legitimate questions or might be positions dons taken by those with differing viewpoints. Likewise, the term "facts" should not be confused with the word "truth". Rather, these statements represent a position taken on the basis of available data. With that in mind, let’s proceed.

Additional Information

Publication
Southwestern Musician, 71:3, 16-19
Language: English
Date: 2002
Keywords
Human musicality, Biological basis, Animal soundmaking, Myths/facts