Muziekpsychologie: is a large book, about 340 pages, including a compact disc.
It involves contributions from 17 authors, mainly from Europe (8 from the Netherlands, 5 from United Kingdom, 1 from Poland, 1 from Italy, 1 from Germany) and one from outside Europe (from Argentina).
The book has been published in Dutch,because the primary goal of the book is to reach the lecturers and students at music schools in the Netherlands.
The book developed from an initiative in the 1980s by the Deputy Director of the Royal Music Conservatory in Den Hague who wished to make the research literature from various scientific disciplines available to this audience.
As stated by the editors (F. Evers, M. Jansma, P. Mak, and B. De Vries, all from the Netherlands) in the preface, the book aims to achieve four subgoals: (1) to acquaint the readers with the most recent developments in the field of music perception and cognition research; (2) to provide a literature database, allowing lecturers and students to have access to new developments; (3) to develop course materials which are then available for music education; and finally (4) to publish introductory surveys from various approaches and disciplines written by national and international experts.