Why are some people more attracted to sad music than others?

Negative emotion in music can be enjoyed when the listener is in a dissociative state (Schubert, 2013). A dissociative state (absorption) is considered adaptive as it allows the listener to enjoy a wide range of experiences such as negative emotions without the ‘pain’ associated with negative emotions such as those brought about via rumination. Moreover, the ability to dissociate pain centre activation in aesthetic contexts also facilitates imaginative propensity. The limits of this ability to free oneself cognitively maybe limited by one’s imagination.

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Expertise in studio music lessons: What do we know?

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One-to-one instrumental lessons are common for music students. For many of us, this is how we learned over many years. Despite evidence and research into effective classroom and applied music studio teacher at university level, little is known about expertise in studio music teaching at a local level (ie: your local piano or violin teacher).

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