Psychology of Music - MUSC3102

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of the Arts and Media

Course Outline: School of the Arts and Media

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: 24 units of credit in Music courses, including 12 at Level 1 and enrolment in a single or dual Music degree program or enrolment in a Music major or minor

Excluded: EDST2092, GENT0508

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Subject Area: Music

Music psychology asks questions about music cognition and behaviour: How do we perceive the sound? Why can an instrument sound musical? How do we respond to the sound? What happens when we are preparing and performing on an instrument? Why can performers become debilitatingly nervous? Why can music move us to tears or to feelings of ecstasy? What is the relation between music, sex and cheescake? Can music make you smarter, and what is the Mozart Effect? Why does that tune get stuck in my head? How old must a person be before they can hear and appreciate music? These and related questions are addressed through examination of the music psychology and education literature, and the critical evaluation of the student's own musical attitudes, beliefs and behaviours.
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