The psychology of music or music psychology, is a branch of musicology and psychology. Music psychology focuses on investigating the science of the psychological aspects of music. The Centre for Music Psychology has a particular interest in focusing on the physical and mental wellbeing benefits of listening to music and being a musician or singer.
The Centre for Music Psychology will be developing a research hub to bring together music psychology research.
The part-time Director is Prof Stephen Palmer PhD, a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and long-term devotee of jazz. He has a number of academic posts.
As a Centre we support the UN International Jazz Day. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said: “This is a day to honour jazz and its enduring legacy, as well as to recognize the power of this music to bring people together.”
The event organisors ask – Why Jazz? And provide a list of good reasons:
- Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;
- Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;
- Jazz is a symbol of unity and peace;
- Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;
- Jazz fosters gender equality;
- Jazz reinforces the role youth play for social change;
- Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;
- Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.
The above list highlights the benefits of music and in particular, jazz. Now let’s underpin these findings with more research.