May 27, 2019  
2008-2009 University Catalogue 
    
2008-2009 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

LASS 862 - Psychology of Music


What makes a phenomenon musical? What are people doing when they make or listen to music? Can musical understanding be fully grasped through listening? These and similar questions represent an effort to find something that lies at the core of our humanity, and that may be in danger of being lost. We start from the simple assumption that, in order to find something, we must try to grasp what is essential about it. Ranging between the hows and whys of music, the course explores the origins of human music-making, the psychology of aural awareness, the strategies of organized musical expression, and the construction of musical meaning in relation to culture. Formerly HU 259

Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisite: LACR 102

Credits: 3 cr, 3 hrs