How Music Can Make You Better (Hardcover)

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How Music Can Make You Better (Hardcover)
By Indre Viskontas, PhD

A fascinating field guide from neuroscientist and opera singer Indre Viskontas that investigates what music is and how it can change us for the better – from deep in our neurons to across our entire society. Learn how certain songs carry us through a tough workout, comfort us after a breakup, or unite 50,000 diverse fans. A vibrant and smart gift for any audiophile – hip-hop fans, classically trained pianists, or vinyl collectors – readers will think about their favorite songs in a whole new way by the end of this book.

- Find out how your mind transforms sounds into human experiences
- Discover how music connects us, heals us, and changes us for the better
- Learn from renowned musicians, neuroscientists, and authors

About the Author
Indre Viskontas, PhD, is the creative director of the Pasadena Opera, host of the podcasts Cadence and Inquiring Minds, and a professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She lives San Francisco.

“This brilliant little book is clear, lucid, and easy to read. It is packed with fascinating information that I didn’t know... I shall give it to lots of friends.” – Jonathan Lynn, comedy legend

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 2, 2019)
  • Dimensions: 4.8” W x 7.4” H

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Music Notes

Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.



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