Book Review

"On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind, by Elizabeth Margulis (Oxford, 2013)

From a pedagogical perspective it would be easy and satisfying to isolate one or a few chapters for assignments in a seminar setting. [...]because of Margulis's use of intuitive and non-specialist language, this book could even conceivably be used for upper-level undergraduates. The entire discussion of the book is motivated by this psychological orientation, with the result that many of her claims arise out of and are grounded on the evidence of empirical studies. [22] For example, in speculating about one of the functions of repetition in novel music, Margulis draws on empirical evidence that when infants begin learning to segment the speech stream they simultaneously become interested in literal repetition.

Journal Music Theory Online
Year 2014
Volume 20
Issue 4
Pages np

Albrecht, Joshua (2014) Book Review: "On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind, by Elizabeth Margulis (Oxford, 2013). In: Music Theory Online, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. np. Available at


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