Donald A. Hodges, formerly the Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education, is now Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Music in the Human Experience: An Introduction to Music Psychology, Second Edition presents a comprehensive and rich account of the field of music psychology, a text readily adaptable for use in both undergraduate and graduate courses in music, psychology, and cognitive science. The breadth of topics covered is remarkable: from an historical overview of the interdisciplinary development of the field to deep coverage of the most established areas of inquiry, the topics are elaborately researched and extremely well-documented with relevant and current citations, supported by a clear writing style and helpful pedagogical supplements. -Peter Miksza, Associate Professor of Music Education, Indiana University, USA Engagingly written by a scholar with a unique perspective on the field, Music in the Human Experience is the perfect introduction to music psychology. The scope is unparalleled, ranging from the molecular level up to the broader exploration of the social role music plays in different cultures. Yet the discussion never strays far from the concrete way music figures in our everyday lives. The book is beautifully illustrated, and the media tutorials are icing on the cake. If you are not already fascinated by the phenomenon of music, you will be after having read this excellent book. -Patrick N. Juslin, Professor of Music Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden Donald Hodges has an extraordinary ability to marry his deep understanding of music to the fields of philosophy, social science, and music teaching and learning. In this second edition of Music in the Human Experience, we discover some of the most important advances in our conceptual and empirical understanding of why music has the power that it does. The book covers difficult and important topics in decidedly musical ways that should inspire all. -Peter R. Webster, Scholar-in-Residence, University of Southern California, USA