FA 361 Music & the Mind, 3 credits
This course explores the cognitive foundations of music through the intersection of psychology and music. We will examine the full range of physical, psychophysical, and cognitive mechanisms that lead to musical experience.This survey begins with the physics of musical instruments and the physical qualities of musical pitch. Key topics include: the psychophysics of hearing; perceptual organization; memory; and biological responses to music. Finally, we examine the structures in working memory that allow individual pitch events to be organized into musical expressions. Along the way, we will look at the general principles that govern the structure of music and the ways in which music psychology influences our health and society.