In recent years, empathy has received considerable research attention as a means of understanding a range of psychological phenomena, and it is fast drawing attention within the fields of music psychology and music education. This volume seeks to promote and stimulate further research in music and empathy, with contributions from many of the leading scholars in the fields of music psychology, neuroscience, music philosophy and education. It exposes current developmental, cognitive, social and philosophical perspectives on research in music and empathy, and considers the notion in relation to our engagement with different types of music and media. Following a Prologue, the volume presents twelve chapters organised into two main areas of enquiry. The first section, entitled 'Empathy and Musical Engagement', explores empathy in music education and therapy settings, and provides social, cognitive and philosophical perspectives about empathy in relation to our interaction with music. The second section, entitled 'Empathy in Performing Together', provides insights into the role of empathy across non-Western, classical, jazz and popular performance domains. This book will be of interest to music educators, musicologists, performers and practitioners, as well as scholars from other disciplines with an interest in empathy research.

chapter |10 pages


ByElaine King, Caroline Waddington

chapter |25 pages


Revisiting the problem of empathy
ByFelicity Laurence

part I|135 pages

Empathy and musical engagement

chapter 3|27 pages


The language of empathy
ByIstvan Molnar-Szakacs

chapter 4|15 pages

The social side of music listening

Empathy and contagion in music-induced emotions
ByAndrei C. Miu, Jonna K. Vuoskoski
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chapter 6|15 pages

Viewing empathy in jazz performance

ByPeter Elsdon

part II|109 pages

Empathy in performing together

chapter 7|19 pages

Otherwise than participation

Unity and alterity in musical encounters
ByMatthew Rahaim

chapter 8|15 pages

In dub conference

Empathy, groove and technology in Jamaican popular music
ByRowan Oliver

chapter 9|21 pages

Empathy of the musical brain in musicians playing in ensemble

ByClaudio Babiloni, Claudio Del Percio, Ivo Bruni, Daniela Perani

chapter 10|18 pages

When it clicks

Co-performer empathy in ensemble playing
ByCaroline Waddington

chapter 11|19 pages

Developing trust in others

Or, how to empathise like a performer
ByAnthony Gritten

chapter 12|15 pages

The empathic nature of the piano accompanist

ByElaine King, Evgenia Roussou