I received notification from a friend of an interesting sounding one-day event in Edinburgh University entitled Communicative Musicality. The description of the course was as follows:
This one-day meeting invites international specialists in the fields of music and music therapy, evolution, brain science, psychology, linguistics, education and clinical psychology to debate the intrinsic ‘musical’ nature of human life in relationships and community. Speakers will include authors in the book Communicative Musicality: Exploring the Basis of Human Companionship, edited by Stephen Malloch and Colwyn Trevarthen, published by OUP in October 2008. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during this event.
The theory of communicative musicality specifies that gestures of voice and body express the controlled energy of moving and thinking, which is intrinsically expressive and rhythmic. ‘Musical narratives’ of gestures constitute the essential foundation for all human communication, even the most arbitrary and technically elaborated, as for parenting, celebrations of community, teaching, the creative arts, and for therapy to help disabled or emotionally distressed persons.
Held with the collaboration of The Institute for Music in Human and Social Development (IMHSD), The Perception, Movement and Action Research Centre (PMARC), and The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh
Suffice to say I’m looking forward to it and will report any interesting revelations here.