September 07, 2014

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis: Why We Love Repetition In Music



How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? How many times have you listened to that chorus? Repetition in music isn’t just a feature of Western pop songs, either; it’s a global phenomenon. Why? 

 Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis walks us through the basic principles of the ‘exposure effect,’ detailing how repetition invites us into music as active participants, rather than passive listeners.

Lesson by Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, animation by Andrew Zimbelman for The Foreign Correspondents' Club.    

With thanks to You Tube.               

See also:
Daniel Levitin: Why Music Moves Us - Our Musical Brain 

 If You Want To Accelerate Brain Development In Children, Teach Them Music