Musical Extrapolations

Creative Processes Involved While Music is Being Listened to and Composed

  • Sebastian Schmidt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-24
  2. Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Cognitive Sciences in Terms of Music

  3. Musical Extrapolations – Towards a Model of Creativity in Music

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 295-348

About this book


The present book proposes a systematic understanding about the conditions, mechanisms, influences, and processes evolving into a creative behavior in music, based on interdisciplinary perspectives of the cognitive sciences.In his research study, Sebastian Schmidt focuses on so-called musical extrapolations’ processes which bring the elusive quality of music into mental existence by creating extrapolations about possible future occurring events, their musical meanings, and the interrelations of their meanings. These processes, involved while music is being listened to and composed, are defined as the result of implicit and explicit problem-solving processes which are guided in tangible ways by factors of intrinsic activities and motivation, pre-disposed and experience-based structures, and environmental pressure.


  • Perspectives of Developmental Psychology – Between Pre-disposed Structures and Musical Experience
  • Perspectives on Creativity in General and while Music is being Listened to and Composed
  • At the very Heart (of Music)
  • The Model of Musical Extrapolations – Basic Factors and their Inter-dependencies
  • Perspectives of Investigation Based on the Outlined Model of Musical Extrapolations

Target Groups

  • Lecturers and students of media sciences
  • Media researcher, systematic musicologists, educational psychologists, and creativity researcher

About the Author
Sebastian Schmidt received his doctorate at the University of Music in Karlsruhe, Germany. His research specializes in the tension field between musicology, music theory,and the cognitive sciences.


Constructivism Creativity Research in Music Development Psychology concerning Music Music Composition Music Perception Music Psychology

Authors and affiliations

  • Sebastian Schmidt
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Musikwissenschaft/ MusikinformatikHochschule für Musik KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-11124-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-11125-0
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