Music and the Brain


* IMPORTANT Enrollment note:  Students, to enroll in this course put your name on the waitlist for your possibility to enroll into the course.  A certain number of seats are reserved for each class year.  The Registrar will manually enroll you into the course from the waitlist by first come first enrolled by class year until the reserved seats are filled. 

Musical perception and performance from artistic, subjective and neuroscientific perspectives. Presentations/didactic musical performances address how our brain detects and represents music, distinguishing music from other sounds, how we learn to perform and create music, the effects of music on brain structure and function, musical schema, and musical antecedents and analogues in non-humans. Dialog between course directors, a professional musician and neuroscientist, highlights the intersection between artistic and scientific perspectives on this fundamental and aesthetic form of human expression. Music and/or neuroscience background preferred, but not required.

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Curriculum Codes
  • ALP
  • NS
Cross-Listed As
  • MUSIC 289
Typically Offered