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2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

US 288 Psychology of Music

This course examines central issues at the intersection of psychology and music. Students explore psychological and musical explanations of acoustics, perception, cognition, and memory; musical development and acquisition of expertise; communication of emotion and meaning; and the neuroscience of music. Together we also analyze musical examples from sociocultural and evolutionary psychology standpoints. Additionally, we will attend live musical performances and analyze these according to the course themes. Guided by the principles of psychology, students complete a capstone project involving a musical composition, performance, or analysis.

Prerequisite: Students should have the ability to read music, or experience playing an instrument, or MU101.