Becoming Human Through Music: The Wesleyan Symposium on the Perspectives of Social Anthropology in the Teaching and Learning of Music, Aug 6—10, 1984. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference (MENC), 1985.
A truly fascinating collection of essays on teaching culture and music.
Blacking, John. How Musical is Man?, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1973. Among other topics, this book takes a cross-cultural look at how children learn music through imitation.
Dissanayake, Ellen. Music as a Human Behavior: An Hypothesis of Evolutionary Origin and Function. Los Angeles, CA: Paper presented at annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolutionary Society, Aug. 16, 1990.
Fascinating look at mother/child dialogue as origin of music and speech that was reprinted in the MIT Press publication, The Origins of Music.
Flatischler, Reinhard. The Forgotten Power of Rhythm. Mendocino, CA: LifeRhythm, 1992.
A New Age way of thinking about rhythm. It makes a powerful connection between rhythm and life. Also see the CD Planet Drum by Mickey Hart, formerly of the Grateful Dead.
Frisbie, Charlotte J. "Gender and Navaho Music: Unanswered Questions," Women in North American Indian Music: Six Essays (Richard Keeling, ed.). Bloomington, IN: The Society for Ethnomusicology, 1989.
Houston, Jean. The Possible Human: A Course in Enhancing Your Physical, Mental, and Creative Abilities. Los Angeles: J.P. Tarcher, Inc., 1982.
The author calls for a rise in consciousness. Good stuff.
McAllester, David P. "North American/Native American," Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples (Jeff Todd Titon, ed.). NY: Schirmer Books, 1984.
McClellan, Ph.D., Randall. The Healing Forces of Music, History, Theory, and Practice. Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1991.
The most comprehensive cross-cultural book on sound/music healing.
Menuhin, Yehudi, and Curtis W. Davis. The Music of Man. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1979.
Exciting book and video series.
Pantaleoni, Hewitt. On The Nature of Music. Oneonta, NY: Welkin Books, 1985.
Sahtouris, Elisabet. Gaia: The Human Journey from Chaos to Cosmos. New York: Pocket Books, 1989.
Fascinating story of evolution based on the hypothesis that the Earth is a living planet, not simply a planet with life on it.
Swimme, Brian. The Universe Is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story. Santa Fe: Bear & Company, 1984.
Easy-to-read interpretation of modern physics and how it affects our way of thinking.