This work amalgamates music psychology, philosophy, and sociology into a fresh view of the musical learning experience. It demonstrates that explanations of musical understanding are not found in analyzing musical activities per se but rather in examining underlying cognitive activities: principles of melodic and rhythmic construction, language-like template tuning protocols, sensory awareness and quality assessment, and the effects of cultures on neural network formation.
Dr. Fiske is Professor of Music at the University of Western Ontario. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.
Preface; Foreword by Robert Walker; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Music as Understanding; On Time; Shape; Pattern Constructs; Music and Speech; Why Modeling Musical Time and Shape Is Such a Tricky Business; Consciousness; Is Some Music Better Than Other Music?; What Is a Good Song?; Can We Understand the Music of Another Culture?; Appendix A: Explaining Chinese Music: A Test of the Culture Hypothesis; Appendix B: On the Origins of Western scales; References; Index.