Department of Music

the university of hong kong

Youn KIM

Youn KIM

Associate Professor

Youn KIM obtained her Ph.D. from Columbia University and taught at Seoul National University prior to joining HKU. Her research interests include history of music theory, psychology of music, theory and analysis, history of listening, and in particular, the interrelationship between music theory and the science of the mind. Kim’s previous publications include a monograph, History of Western Music Theory (2006; awarded as "Outstanding Books in the Field of Basic Sciences" in 2008 by The National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea), and a number of articles and reviews in Psychology of Music, Journal of Musicological Research, Music and Letters, and Current Musicology, among others. She has presented papers at various international conferences, including International Musicological Society, International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Royal Musical Association, and Congress of the Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, and her work has been supported by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong under the General Research Fund (2011/12 and 2017/18). Recently, she coedited (with Sander Gilman) and contributed to the Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body (OUP, forthcoming in 2017). She is currently working on a monograph tentatively entitled Body and Force in Music: Metaphoric Constructions in Early Music Psychology.

Associate Professor

Email: younkim@hku.hk

Youn KIM obtained her Ph.D. from Columbia University and taught at Seoul National University prior to joining HKU. Her research interests include history of music theory, psychology of music, theory and analysis, history of listening, and in particular, the interrelationship between music theory and the science of the mind. Kim’s previous publications include a monograph, History of Western Music Theory (2006; awarded as "Outstanding Books in the Field of Basic Sciences" in 2008 by The National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea), and a number of articles and reviews in Psychology of Music, Journal of Musicological Research, Music and Letters, and Current Musicology, among others. She has presented papers at various international conferences, including International Musicological Society, International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Royal Musical Association, and Congress of the Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, and her work has been supported by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong under the General Research Fund (2011/12 and 2017/18). Recently, she coedited (with Sander Gilman) and contributed to the Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body (OUP, forthcoming in 2017). She is currently working on a monograph tentatively entitled Body and Force in Music: Metaphoric Constructions in Early Music Psychology.

Selected Publications

2019
The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body, coedited with Sander Gilman. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Also published in Oxford Handbooks Online]
2006
History of Western Music Theory. Seoul: Simsuldang.
2019
“Contextualizing Music and the Body: An Introduction.” In The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body, edited by Youn Kim and Sander L. Gilman, 1-18, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2019
“Listening to the Musicking Body: A Cross-Disciplinary and Historical Perspective.” In The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body, edited by Youn Kim and Sander L. Gilman, 418-435. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2019
“Is There Disabled Music? Music and the Body From Dame Evelyn Glennie’s Perspective.” Coauthored with Evelyn Glennie and Sander Gilman. In The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body, edited by Youn Kim and Sander L. Gilman, 318-330. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2013
"Music in the Ear's Mind." In Music Perception and Cognition II, ed. by Suk Won Yi, 35-58. Seoul: Eumaksekye.
2010
​​​“Interdisciplinarity and Metaphors: Historical Reflections on Music Theory and the Psychology of Music.” In Musiktheorie als interdisziplinäres Fach, edited by Christian Utz, 577–588. Saarbrücken: PFAU-Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-89727-448-8
2005
"Theory, Analysis and Analytic Theory." In Music Theory and Analysis, ed. by Youn Kim, 13–54. Seoul: Simsuldang.
2005
"Perception and Cognition of Rhythm: Metric Structure and Grouping Structure." In Music Perception and Cognition I, ed. by Suk Won Yi, 183–216. Seoul: Eumaksekye.
2003
"Elliot Carter." In 20th-century Composers, ed. by Suk Won Yi and Hee Sook Oh, 203–244. Seoul: Eumaksekye.
2014
“‘Boundaries’ and ‘Thresholds’: Conceptual Models of the Musical Mind in the History of Music Psychology." Psychology of Music 42, no. 5, 671–691.
2013
“‘The Voice in Silence’: Hugo Riemann’s Pausenlehre and Its Psychological Implications.” Journal of Musicological Research 32, no. 4, 287–313.
2006
"The Multi-level Structure of Schumann's Song Cycles, Opp. 24 and 39." Journal of Music and Theory 11: 169–215.
2006
"Ambiguity in the Analysis of Tonal Harmony: Case Studies and Reflections." Journal of the Musicological Society of Korea 9 (3): 169–216.
2005
"The Significance of Speculative Theory of Music: A Case Study of Scientific Metaphors in Music Theories." Journal of the Musicological Society of Korea 8 (2): 57–83.
2005
"Historical Approach to Music Theory: Case Studies." Nangman Quarterly 17 (2): 5–54.
2010
"Review of Harmonious Triads: Physicists, Musicians, and Instrument Makers in Nineteenth-Century Germany by Myles W. Jackson." Music & Letters, 431-435.
2003
"Review of Hugo Riemann and the Birth of Modern Musical Thought by Alexander Rehding." Current Musicology 76: 81–96.

Courses Offered 2019/20

MUSI2059  Music and the mind

MUSI2070  Fundamentals of tonal music

MUSI2081  Music in Western culture I