Introduction to Music Psychology and Pedagogy


At the end of this Curricular Unit, the student should be able to:
a) List research problems within the Psychology of Music field of study;
b) List research problems in the context of Music Pedagogy;
c) Relate educational practices with research questions in the field of Psychology of Music;
d) Recognize and identify different models and research techniques in the field of Psychology and Music Pedagogy;
e) Select literature of relevance in the area of Psychology and Music Pedagogy for written development of a topic in the area;
f) Reflect on meta-learning processes applied to their own performance as a musician.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Isabel Lemos do Carmo Pereira


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Bluestine, E. (2000). The ways children learn music. Chicago: GIA Publications.
Deliège, I. & Sloboda, J. (Eds) (1996). Musical Beginnings: Origins and Development of Musical Competence. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Fonterrada, M. (2005). De tramas e fios - um ensaio sobre educação. São Paulo: UNESP.
Hallam, S. (2006). Music Psychology in Education. London: Institute of Education, University of London.
Hallam, S., Cross, I., & Thaut, M. (2009). The Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ilari, B., & Mateiro, T. (2010). Pedagogias em educação musical. Curitiba: IBPEX

Levitin, D. (2007). Uma Paixão Humana - O seu Cérebro e a Música. Lisboa: Ed. Bizâncio.
Malloch, S., & Trevarthen, C. (2008). Communicative musicality - exploring the basis for human companionship. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Parncutt, R. & McPherson, G. (Eds.) (2002). The science and psychology of music performance: Creative strategies for teaching and learning. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Rodrigues, H., & Rodrigues, P. (2003). BebéBabá - Da musicalidade dos afetos à música com bebés. Porto: Campo das Letras.
Sacks, O. (2008). Musicofilia. Lisboa: Relógio D´Água.
Schafer, M. (1977). A afinação do Mundo. São Paulo: UNESP.
Sloboda, J. A. (2008). Exploring the Musical Mind: Cognition, Emotion, Ability, Function. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Storr, A. (2007). La música y la mente. Barcelona: Paidós.
Publicações indicadas ao longo das aulas.

Teaching method

A methodology of active involvement of students is adopted, based on oral presentations followed by debates, taking as a starting point the conjunction of reading scientific articles, book chapters and/or watching films. Some of these debates will be attended by PhD students of Musical Sciences in the specialty of Music Education and Psychology of Music.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Methodologies - Forum participation (individual) (15%), Oral presentation (individual) (35%), Written work on a topic to be defined (in group) (50%)

Subject matter

1. What is Psychology of Music. Definition of work fields. What is Music Pedagogy. Definition of fields of work.
2. Music Psychology and Music Pedagogy: dialogue between disciplines.
2.1. listening / musical perception.
2.2. Interpretation/performance.
2.3. Musical development in childhood.
2.4. Therapeutic effects of music and music therapy.
2.5. Non-formal education: Music in the community(ies).


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