Psychology of Music on the Intersection of the East and the West


  • Code:
  • Number of credits: 5
  • Subject coordinator: Eduard ABDULLIN
  • Lecturers: Eduard ABDULLIN


  • Credit contract possible: Yes
  • Examination contract possible:Yes
  • Teaching language: English, Russian



Course Activity:


        Practical Classes

        Video presentations




Course unit type

        Bachelor Program, specialization in Musical Art


Con Content     info


1.      Develop psychological and cultural awareness using historical, theoretical and practical-pedagogical aspects of musical psychology;

2.      Give an idea of music as a language of emotions and feelings, of individual and age-related peculiarities of musical perception, thought and communication; of ethno-cultural essence of musicality and methods of childs faculty for music development.

3.      Form the knowledge system and practical skills in the sphere of musical perception development, emotional intelligence, musical and personal creativity;

4.      Give professional-oriented psychological knowledge;

5.      Solve problems in the area of art (musical) education;

6.      Realize musical-educational process taking into account some ethno-cultural, individual-psychological and age-related peculiarities using up-to-date technologies;

7.      Give the opportunity to become competent specialists in developmental and correctional area;

8.      Impart practical skills in pedagogical forecasting and controlling of students musical development during the musical-educational process;

9.      Form the readiness to build the musical-educational process taking into account age-related pupils peculiarities and features of this subject as an art subject;

10.  Learn to carry out psychological-pedagogical observation over students musical development during the musical-educational process.



Objectives info

A. General competences

PB - 01. Intellectual and cognitive capacities

PB - 02. Acquisition and processing of information


         PB 01. Know the definitions of the core musical-psychological concepts, contemporary musical-psychological conceptions concerning musicality essence and special faculties for music as well as essence, functions, individual and age-related peculiarities of development of musical-cognitive psychic processes and also psychological features of musical-pedagogical communication.

         PB 02. Know Historical roots of contemporary musical psychology of the East and of the West, Musical-cognitive processes and functions of personal musical consciousness, Musical- pedagogical psychology of the East and of the West.


B. Profession-oriented/ General scientific competences


Be able to

organize a musical-pedagogical communication and to provide conditions for musical perception and creative development as well as master musical-psychological thesaurus.


C. Profession-specific competences

Acquire skills in

Be able to musical-pedagogical communication and personal development.

D. Scientific competences


Be able to conduct research in areas of contemporary problems of Eastern and Western musical cultures using up-to-date investigation techniques.



Prerequisites info


A. Previously required courses

Philosophy of Music (fundamentals), Russian Language Level Advanced, Cultural Studies of Eastern and Western Europe, World History.


B. Required competences


Passion for music, analytical abilities, academic writing, text analysis, knowledge of Russian phonetics and lexical rules at least on the level of reading and conversation.

Educational tools info


A. Type


        Practical Classes

        Video presentations



B. Obligatory educational tools

1.      Kirnarskaya D. Faculty for music. M, 2004.

2.      Zypin G., Kirnarskaya D., Tarasova K., Starcheus M. Musical activity psychology: theory and practice. M., 2003.

3.      Kyrnarskaya D.. Musical capabilities. ., 2004.

C. Recommended educational tools


1.       Personality. Culture. Ethnos: modern psychological anthropology. .. Belik. ., 2001.

2.       Maluchova F.V. Development of musical perception of different ethnic traditions. ., 1997.

3.       Myths of the peoples of the world. Encyclopaedia. 2 volumes. ., 1997.

4.       Musical aesthetics of Eastern countries. - .,1967.

5.       Musical easthetics of European Medieval Times and the Renaissance. .,1966.

6.       Musical aesthetics of Western Europe in YII - XYIII centuries. ., 1971.

7.       Panayotidy E.G. Musical and pedagogical views of Plato and problems of musical education. .,1994.

8.       Psychology of musical activities: theory and practice. / Kynarskaya D.., Tarasova .V., Starcheus M.S. etc ., 2003.

9.       Rajnikov V.G. Dialogues on musical pedagogics. ., 1989.

10.   Teplov B.. Psychology of musical capabilities ., 1947.

11.   Toropova .V. Homo-musicus in th context of musical and psychological, musical and pedagogical antropology. ., 2008.

12.  Toropcev S. Cultural locus of Chinese mentality. The Internet version of the article.



Teaching methods info


A. Types

Each module has a specific resource text for curriculum foundation and reference for student reports. Texts, references, articles, worksheets, interactive workshops are all either included in the course material or referred to.

The texts and supplemental instructional materials are described by each module writer and fit the structure and purpose of each curriculum module.

Instructional materials include:

Books and articles;

DVD (education films).

Software (Microsoft Office 2007)


Web sites:



B. Description

This course is taught in English and Russian

Plenary lectures: 36h = 2h per week during 18 weeks during the first semester.

Practical Classes (obliged): 18h = 2h per two weeks during 18 weeks during the first semester.

Lab Classes: (obliged): 18h = 2h per 2 weeks during 18 weeks during the first semester.



Assessment info


A. Types

permanent (written tests during semester)

oral examination


B. Description

Total number of credits: 5 credits

Period of examination

OR: 3 credits - 1 oral exam

OR labs: 1 credit - permanent and several computing tests

OR practical classes: 1 credit - permanent and several written tests

Different approach: 1 oral exam, the mark you get for the exam gives you the corresponding number of credits: 5 credits for A, 4 credits for B and 3 credits for C.


Examination contract:

1 written assessment for the OR. The mark obtained in this examination is the result of the OR and the OR labs.


Higher distance education:

1 written assessment for the OR. The number of credits obtained in this examination is the result of the OR written examination.


Teaching support info

Extra course OR: 2h per week during 18 weeks during the first semester.

Higher distance education: for this course, an extra syllabus is available, containing guidelines how to study the material in an optimal way.