Musical Imaginations: Multidisciplinary perspectives on creativity, performance and perception

David Hargreaves*, Dorothy Miell, Raymond MacDonald

*Corresponding author for this work

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Musical imagination and creativity are amongst the most abstract and complex aspects of musical behaviour, though, until recently, they have been difficult to subject to empirical enquiry. However, music psychology and some allied disciplines have now developed, both theoretically and methodologically, to the point where some of these topics are now firmly within our grasp. The study of creativity and imagination is growing rapidly in disciplines including psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and education. The inter- and multidisciplinary study of music, and developments in music psychology in particular, mean that studies of musical imagination and creativity in action are now distinctly possible. This book reviews the latest theory and research on musical creativity, performance, and perception. The topics addressed include the investigation of creativity and imagination in music and emotion, composition and improvisation, performance and performance traditions, listening strategies, different musical genres and cultural belief systems, social collaboration, identity formation, and the development of psychologically-based strategies and interventions for the enhancement of performing musicians.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages504
ISBN (Electronic)9780191731044
ISBN (Print)9780199568086
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2011


  • creativity
  • education
  • musical behaviour
  • musical imagination
  • neuroscience
  • perception
  • performance
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • study of music


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