Music Theory as Cognitive Science: Some Conceptual and Methodological Issues

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Abstract

Arguments in favor of a cognitive-scientific approach to music theory based on the following conceptual and methodological distinctions are presented: (1) external (physical) vs. internal (perceptual and cognitive) musical realities and (2) music theories that account for what a given (internal) musical reality is (“what-theories”) vs. music theories that account for how this musical reality is constructed by the listener on the basis of some external (physical) stimulus (“how-theories”).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-308
Number of pages24
JournalMusic Perception
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

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