School–Levitin's fascination with the mystery of music and
the study of why it affects us so deeply is at the heart of this book.
In a real sense, the author is a rock 'n' roll doctor, and in that
guise dissects our relationship with music. He points out that bone
flutes are among the oldest of human artifacts to have been found and
takes readers on a tour of our bio-history.
In this textbook for those
who don't like textbooks, he discusses neurobiology, neuropsychology,
cognitive psychology, empirical philosophy, Gestalt psychology, memory
theory, categorization theory, neurochemistry, and exemplar theory in
relation to music theory and history in a manner that will draw in
teens. A wonderful introduction to the science of one of the arts that
make us human.