The Psychology of Musical Development – 30 years on, Prof. David Hargreaves (Wed 8 Mar)

Looking at the well-thumbed copy of the 1986 edition of The Developmental Psychology of Music on my bookshelf, and looking forward to this talk tomorrow!

Prof. David Hargreaves (Roehampton University) – Atrium, Alison House. 5.15pm

“I shall reflect upon some of the changes that have taken place since the publication of my book The Developmental Psychology of Music (CUP, 1986), which has recently been completely rethought and reworked by Alexandra Lamont and I (Hargreaves and Lamont, 2017). I will review some of the changes that have taken place in music itself, and in the ways in which people engage with it; in developmental psychology and education more generally; and in music psychology. I will then go on to identify 10 theoretical models of musical development, and outline 5 key theoretical issues on which they might be assessed. Three approaches seem to have particular potential for success in the future, namely social cognitive models which focus on the self and identity; approaches based on music theory; and neuroscientific research. What might this field look like 30 more years on in 2047, the year of my 99th birthday?”

David Hargreaves is Professor of Education and Froebel Research Fellow, and has previously held posts in the Schools of Psychology and Education at the Universities of Leicester, Durham and the Open University. He is also Visiting Professor of Research in Music Education at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Adjunct Professor at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He was Editor of Psychology of Music 1989-96, Chair of the Research Commission of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) 1994-6, and is currently on the editorial boards of 10 journals in psychology, music and education. In recent years he has spoken about his research at conferences and meetings in various countries on all 5 continents. He has been keynote speaker at the Annual Conference of the BPS, and gave a TEDX 2011 Warwick.  He has appeared on BBC TV and radio as a jazz pianist and composer, and is organist in the East Cambridgeshire Methodist church circuit. In 2004 he was awarded an honorary D.Phil, Doctor Honoris Causa, by the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts in the University of Gothenburg, Sweden in recognition of his ‘most important contribution towards the creation of a research department of music education’ in the School of Music and Music Education in that University.

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Nikki is Senior Lecturer in Music at Edinburgh University.
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