MMT Reading List

When preparing your application to the program, we recommend you become familiar with some of these excellent books.
  • Clarke, E. (1995). Ways of Listening: An ecological approach to the perception of musical meaning. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Cook, P. R. (1999). Music, cognition, and computerized sound. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Hallam, S., Cross, I., and Thaut, M. (2008). Oxford handbook of music psychology. Oxford University Press.
  • Helmholtz, H. L. and Ellis, A. J. (2009). On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music. Cambridge University Press.
  • Honing, H. (2014). Musical cognition: a science of listening. Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
  • Hui, A. (2013). The psychological ear: Musical experiments, experimental sounds, 1840-1910. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Huron, D. B. (2006). Sweet anticipation: Music and the psychology of expectation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Jourdain, R. (1997). Music, the brain, and ecstasy: How music captures our imagination. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
  • Koelsch, S. (2012). Brain and music. John Wiley & Sons, West Sussex, UK.
  • Leman, M. (2008). Embodied music cognition and mediation technology. Cambridge, MA:MIT Press.
  • Levitin, D. J. (2011). This is your brain on music: Understanding a human obsession. New York, NY: Plume.
  • North, A. and Hargreaves, D. (2008). The social and applied psychology of music. Oxford University Press.
  • Patel, A. D. (2007). Music, language, and the brain. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Roads, C. (2004). Microsound. MIT press.
  • Sacks, O. (2007). Musicophilia: Tales of music and the brain. New York, NY: Knopf Doubleday Publishing.
  • Schnupp, J., Nelken, I., and King, A. (2011). Auditory neuroscience: Making sense of sound. MIT Press.
  • Sloboda, J. (2005). Exploring the musical mind: Cognition, emotion, ability, function. Oxford University Press.