Aug 24, 2019  
2011-2012 University Catalogue 
2011-2012 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

MUSC 354 - Music and Mathematics

3 credits
This course is designed to enable the student to understand the fundamental relationship between music and mathematics. Students will be introduced to such mathematical concepts as numerical systems, quantities, spatial relationships, groups, sets, indeterminacy, and fractals. The course will examine the influence of those concepts in musical composition through the analysis of musical scores from a variety of composers including Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schonberg, Berg, Webern, Carter, Crumb, Babbitt, and Xenakis. Course readings will further explore the philosophical and practical connections between musical creativity and mathematics. Students must possess functional music literacy. Familiarity with 20th century music is recommended.

Prerequisites LACR*102, MUSC*204, or MUSC*206