Course: Psychology of Music

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Course title Psychology of Music
Course code KMU/HPSU
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Stratilková Martina, Mgr. et Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
topics: 1) subject field, interdisciplinary relationships and methods of music psychology 2) music in everyday life 3) physiology and theories of musical hearing 4) apperception of music, personality factors of affinity for music 5) reception of music, social factors of affinity for music 6) musical appreciation (musicalness) - its development, grades, methods of its detection 7) time and space in music 8) music and brain 9) music therapy 10) history of musical psychology

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming)
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 38 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 10 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 25 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course introduces into psychological aspects of music and of its place in human life. It aims at interlacing with the tradition of musicological thinking and at presentation of recent contributions and approaches, as well as of refering to interdisciplinary contexts which go along with the discipline.
Students will gain an overview of the mental phenomena accompanying music activities; they will familiarize themselves with the methods of knowledge acquisition of music psychology phenomena and with the tools for the musicality diagnosis. Students will understand the historical changes in the interest of music psychology phenomena and also the up-to-date topics and approaches.
Students should appreciate music and it would be good for them to be acquaintd with basic musical terminology.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Seminar Work

Sufficient and active participation in class (max. of 3 absences), a seminar paper about an academic article (or a published empirical research), sufficient knowledge of the issues covered in class and in the basic literature.
Recommended literature
  • Franěk, Marek. (2005). Hudební psychologie. Praha: Karolinum.
  • Hallam, Susan, Cross, Ian, Thaut, Michael. (2011). Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology. Oxford: OUP.
  • Holas, Milan. (1993). Psychologie hudby v profesionální hudební výchově. Praha.
  • Kantor, Jiří a kol. (2009). Základy muzikoterapie. Praha: Grada.
  • Luska, Jiří. (2006). Vývoj sluchu pro harmonii v ontogenezi. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého.
  • Motte-Haber, Helga de la, Rötter, Günther, eds. (2005). Musikpsychologie. Laaber: Laaber.
  • Poledňák, Ivan. (1988). Hudební psychologie. In: Lébl, Vladimír, Poledňák, Ivan, eds. Hudební věda II. Praha: SPN.
  • Poledňák, Ivan. (1984). Stručný slovník hudební psychologie. Praha: Editio Supraphon.
  • Sacks, Oliver. (2009). Musicophilia. Praha: Dybbuk.
  • Sedlák, František a Váňová, Hana. (2013). Hudební psychologie pro učitele. Praha: Karolinum.

Study plans that include the course
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