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Why We Love Repetition in Music

Why does music rely so heavily on repetition? This is an interesting video from which to explore not only the psychological answers to this question, but also the ways in which humans perceive and rate different types of music.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • As a mini-project, have class members identify musical artists that have relied heavily on repetition, and contrast them with other successful artists where their music relied on other features
  • Use this video as part of a music theory class to discuss repetition's effect on musical experience and how it can give rise to focusing on new features of a piece

  • Illustrates process of a scientific experiment based on human behavior
  • Can flip online resource to include your own assessment questions and additional resources

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