What is musicality? Are we the only musical species? What do you need to know in order to be musical? Do birds sing with a melody in mind? Why do animals sing the perfect pitch? Is our musical predisposition unique, like our linguistic ability?
Even those of us who can't play a musical instrument or lack a sense of rhythm can perceive and enjoy music. Research shows that all humans possess the trait of musicality. In this talk, following his latest book, 'The Evolving Animal Orchestra', Professor in Music Cognition, Henkjan Honing, embarked upon a quest to discover if humans share the trait of musicality with other animals.
Henkjan Honing is a professor of Music Cognition at both the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam, and a dedicated member of ABC Amsterdam Brain and Cognition. He studies what musicality is or can be and to what extent human beings share musicality with other animals. His aim is to define the cognitive and biological mechanisms that underpin musicality.