Music Cognition



CriticalResponse 1

Musicis a mind game that inspires emotions. In the creation of musicalstimuli, Colwell &amp Richardson (2002) agree that the cognitivefunctions are involved. As such, the emotions arising out oflistening to a musical piece emanate from the inner world. We listento music in the outer world after which the sound is translated intoemotions in the inner world namely mind and soul. I believe that theemotions created from a song have great influence on our reactiontowards a particular musical piece. The book, Thenew handbook of research on music teaching and learning,highlights that music draws attention and expectation from thelisteners. Music lovers have specific expectations from a song, amatter that contributes to the nature of reception. The scientific,emotional, and psychological aspect of music makes it appealing tothe music lovers. I agree that the emotions generated out oflistening to a musical piece are a form a game in the cognitiveprocess. Music can create a revolution in various aspects of oursocial life.

Inattempting to examine music cognition, we cannot forget the power ofmusic in generating emotions. Right from the production of music, theartists take great consideration about the expectations and receptionof a particular piece by the listeners. I agree that music loversidentify with songs that meet their desires. The stimuli generated bya musical piece have cognitive characteristics that reflect in theform of body movements. The understanding on music cognition ishelpful to the music learners and artists. The two groups willeffectively find music cognition as an important element inunderstanding the power of music. As Colwell &amp Richardson (2002)note in their assessment, listening generates active participationand engagement among the music lovers. If music is a game, how islistening connected to cognitive aspect in music?

CriticalResponse 2

Howare emotions created or induced by musical pieces? Is it possible tomeasure emotions generated through music? In his article, WhichEmotions Can be Induced by Music? What Are the Underlying Mechanisms?And How Can We Measure Them?, Scherer (2004) observes that musiccommunicates and produces emotions to the listeners. I agree with theobservation as it is notable that music generates stimuli. Theconnection between music and cognition is a real reflection thatthere exists music induces a mechanism for stimuli. One importantexpression of musical stimuli is through the psychological symptomsin the form body movement. During musical performances, for instance,the listeners will dance to the tunes due to the emotional connectionto music. Moreover, sound and rhythm are mechanisms and elements thatinduce emotions. It is true that the elements highlighted haveconsiderable influence on the nature of emotions likely to come outof a musical piece.

Communicatinga given message through music will involve both the inner and outerworld where each plays an essential in completing the mechanism.Music psychology is thus instrumental in understanding the underlyingmechanism of the generation of emotions in music. The diverseelements of music such as tone, words, and sound portray thedifferent views and preferences of various people. Acceptability ofmusical pieces can help us measure the emotions generated by music.Such reactions offer an important unit of measure. I agree that thelisteners will prefer a song with great allure and richness incommunicating a particular message. Basing on Scherer’s arguments,is it possible to measure the emotions induced by musical pieces?


Colwell,R., Richardson, C. P., &amp Music Educators National Conference(U.S.). (2002). Thenew handbook of research on music teaching and learning: A project ofthe Music Educators National Conference.New York: Oxford University Press.

Scherer,K. R. (2004). Which emotions can be induced by music? What are theunderlying mechanisms? And how can we measure them? Journalof New Music Research,33(3), 239–251.

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