Course Description

ONLINE: Using three comprehensive explorations of the world of music, this course will cover the neuroanatomical and neurophysiological bases for how we interpret musical features such as melody, harmony, rhythm, pitch and timbre. The books we will use — 1) "Musicophilia" by Oliver Sacks, 2) "This Is Your Brain on Music" by Daniel Levitin and 3) "Music and the Brain" by Macdonald Critchley — will help demonstrate how the human nervous system processes music. With these books and the lectures, we will consider the roles that memory, emotion and intellect all play in our appreciation of music. Essentially the course is designed to look at the intersection of the neurological sciences and the art of music. Students will gain an understanding of the neurobiological basis for the perception and enjoyment of music. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
Music and the Brain
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 2:45PM
Feb 01, 2023 to Mar 15, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

No prior reading is required, but the books that are the foundations for the talks are: "Musicophilia" by Oliver Sacks, "This Is Your Brain on Music" by Daniel Levitin and "Music and the Brain" by Macdonald Critchley.

Recommended reading:
Oliver Sacks, “Musicophilia” (9781400040810)
Daniel Levitin, “This Is Your Brain on Music” (9780452288522)
Macdonald Critchleyniel, “Music and the Brain” (9780433067030)

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