Music on the MindWhat if pianist Franz Liszt had performed behind a screen – would the reported ‘poetry’ of his performance have been diminished? Do you tap your toe when listening to upbeat music?

This talk examines how musicians use movements to convey emotional expressivity, rely on corporeal information to maintain group cohesion in ensemble performance, and use the spontaneously produced movements like finger clicking when listening to music. The theoretical foundation of the presentation will be ‘embodied cognition’, that is the view that knowledge is attained through sensorimotor representations of the world and that the human body acts as the main mediator between our thoughts and environment.

Moved by Music forms part of Melbourne Recitals Centre’s Music on the Mind series, which explores the relationship between music and the human brain and the related links to social wellbeing, participation, learning and development and the role of music in our contemporary communities.


Tues 25 September –6.00pm

Melbourne Recital Centre
Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street

Box Office – T: +61 (03) 9699 3333

Jane Davidson (Professor, University of Western Australia) speaker

This is a FREE EVENT and bookings are recommended.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in association with The Centre for Music, Mind & Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne.

Music on the Mind series is proudly supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.