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We are all instinctively musical. Why? And how does music work? Indeed, what is (or isn't) music? Adam Ockelford has the answers

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Adam Ockelford is Professor of Music at Roehampton University, where he directs the Applied Music Research Centre. He is Secretary of the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE), founder of The Amber Trust, a charity that supports blind children in their pursuit of music, and chair of Soundabout, a music charity for children with complex needs and autism. He is the author of a number of books, including In the Key of Genius, a biography of the musical savant Derek Paravicini. A regular on radio and television, Ockelford's TED Talk with Paravicini has been viewed over one million times and been translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in London and is a composer and pianist.

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'A profound and deeply important book. There is wisdom and humanity on every page - the most enjoyable work of non-fiction I've read in a very long time.' -- James Rhodes
An extraordinary book ... beautifully written -- Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6
Fascinating -- BBC Radio 3
There is much to learn from this book ... heartening -- Ivan Hewett * Telegraph *
[A] perceptive chronicle of [Ockelford's] experiences with extraordinary music makers * Nature *
Demystifies an art form, and offers unexpected insights into our pre-verbal past ... Ockelford extracts the core ideas from music theory that are notoriously difficult for non-specialists, and demonstrates just how accessible they can be in the right hands. * New Scientist *

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