Music and Cognition immerses students in the exploration of cutting-edge issues in the cognitive science of musical experience—how music gets inside our heads and influences our thoughts and feelings.
The interdisciplinary study of music and cognition is a rapidly growing field, with important contributions from music theory, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, and anthropology.
This minor is intended to give students the opportunity to engage with cutting-edge issues in the cognitive science of musical experience, understood broadly to encompass both music production and appreciation. In addition to courses directly concerned with musical cognition and emotion, there are also required courses which provide background necessary for in-depth understanding of music and cognition, including classes in cognitive science, music theory, music history, and music production. Students will learn about the scholarly methods and goals of research in both music theory and the cognitive sciences.
Students wishing to complete the Music & Cognition Minor should consult with a faculty liaison and complete the Declaration of Music & Cognition Minor form.
- COGS 101 - Mind, Brain, and Behavior: An Introduction to Cognitive Sciences
- PHIL 228 - Philosophy of Mind
Science or Technology of Sound
- TECH 101 - Introduction to Electroacoustic Music
- MATH 357 - Harmonic Analysis
- MUTH 131 - Music Theory I
- ETHN 100 - Introduction to Musics of the World
Music and Cognition
- NSCI 157 - Neuroscience of the Arts
- PACE 317- Psychology of Musical Behavior
Students complete the minor by satisfying each of the following requirements:
One core introductory course in cognitive science
Two courses in the core music-theory curriculum
One course on musical traditions
One course on the science or technology of sound
One course in the study of music and cognition
Students will also develop a learning portfolio with substantive pieces of work from each of the classes taken to fulfill the minor as well as a reflection piece that explicitly connects the learning outcomes in the different courses.