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The Music between Us: Is Music a Universal Language?

Kathleen Marie Higgins


From our first social bonding as infants to the funeral rites that mark our passing, music plays an important role in our lives, bringing us closer to one another. This book investigates this role, examining the features of human perception that enable music's uncanny ability to provoke, despite its myriad forms across continents and throughout centuries, the sense of a shared human experience. Drawing on disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, musicology, linguistics, and anthropology, it showcases the ways music is used in rituals, education, work, healing, and as a source of security an ... More

Keywords: human perception, human experience, philosophy, psychology, musicology, linguistics, anthropology, rituals, healing, cross-cultural communication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226333281
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226333274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Marie Higgins, author