You Are the Music

How Music Reveals What it Means to be Human

Victoria Williamson
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A deft, unique exploration of how music makes us who we are, throughout our lives.

'You are the music / While the music lasts' T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets

Do babies remember music from the womb? Can classical music increase your child's IQ? Is music good for productivity? What is going on in your brain when Ultravox's Vienna, Armand Van Helden's remix of Professional Widow or Dizzle Rascal's Bonkers transport you to back to a student party?

In this brilliant new exploration of the place of music in all our lives - whether we're a professional musician or just often find ourselves humming The Archers theme tune - music psychologist Victoria Williamson asks: from the womb to old age, why is music SO important to so many of us?

From the child who takes music lessons to the commuter who cannot travel to work without an iPod, this upbeat, eye-opening book reveals for the first time the extent of the universal language of music that lives deep inside us all.

Author bio:

Victoria Williamson is a lecturer and researcher in music psychology who holds academic posts in the UK and Switzerland. An expert in the impact of music on human behaviour, she has worked in both university and private industry research and hosts the popular educational blog musicpsychology.co.uk.

Her personal musical life began aged six with classical guitar, an instrument that she still adores and has taught to both children and adults. A popular public speaker, she has presented her work at numerous forums including TED, the Latitude Festival, the British Science Festival and NPR.

Her writing has appeared in NME and her research has been presented across national and international media including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky (UK), CNN and MSNBC (USA), CBC (Canada), Radio New Zealand National, and 2SER and the Big Issue (Australia).

Category: Music
ISBN: 9781848316539
Publisher: Icon Books
Imprint: Icon
Pub Date: April 2014
Page Extent: 272
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Music

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