Students at OSU who are interested in coursework in cognitive and systematic musicology have opportunities across several university departments. The School of Music regularly offers courses specifically treating music perception on a rotating basis. For more information about an individual course, feel free to browse the course web pages, linked below.
School of Music
- Music 220: Cognitive Musicology
- Music 693: Psychology of Music
- Music 824: Computer Applications in Music Research
- Music 829: Contemporary Theories of Music
- Music 838: Seminar or Music Perception
- Music 839: Topics in Music Perception
- Music 950: Cognitive Ethnomusicology
- Music 950B: Music & Expectation
- Music 220: Cognitive Musicology. An introductory graduate-level course pertaining to music perception and cognition. This course is now offered as Music 838.
- Music 694: Psychology of Music. This undergraduate-level course, taught concurrently with Music 838, is an introduction to topics in the perception and cognition of music. The undergraduate and graduate versions have different workloads and different methods of evaluation.
- Music 824: Computer Applications in Music Research. Training in the use of computers in music research, emphasizing the processing of musical information using the Humdrum Toolkit.
Music 829 Seminar courses are critical examinations of major contemporary theoretical viewpoints, or concepts of theory construction. Topics will vary each quarter the course is offered. The courses are repeatable to a maximum of 20 credit hours.
- Music 829(A): Perception of Melody and Voice-Leading. A review of the perceptual and cognitive literatures related to melody and voice-leading.
- Music 829(B): Consonance and Dissonance. A review of the theoretical and experimental literatures related to the concepts of consonance and dissonance.
- Music 829(C): Research Approaches in Systematic Musicology. Philosophical and practical foundations in carrying out systematic music research.
- Music 829(D): Music and Emotion. An examination of modern ideas related to music and emotion, including physiological, evolutionary, cognitive, historical and cultural perspectives.
- Music 829(E): Harmony and Voice-leading. A review of the modern research literatures related to the perception and cognition of Western harmony and voice-leading.
- Music 829(F): History of Music Psychology. A survey of major personalities and ideas in the psychology of music, emphasizing the period since 1850.
- Music 838: Seminar on Music Perception. A graduate-level introductory course on the psychology of music. Topics include auditory and musical perception, music cognition, creativity and aesthetic experience, listening styles and strategies, music and human emotions, and the social psychology of musical activities. In addition, the course will touch on aspects related to performance, music and the brain, and methodological issues in music research.
Music 839 courses are extensive research and methodology literature reviews, focusing on cognitive and systematic musicology. Topics will vary each quarter the course is offered. The course is repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours.
- Music 839(B): Twelve Approaches to Music Analysis. How to approach and critique musical works from several contrasting perspectives. Analytic approaches include functionalism, hermeneutics, memetics, idiomaticism, evolutionism, anthropology, fashion, cognitivism, commerce, socialist realism, critical theory and postmodernism.
- Music 839(C): Musical Stylistics. The theory and analysis of musical style, including psychological, sociological, and analytic perspectives.
- Music 839(D): Rhythm. The psychology of time as it relates to music. Topics include form, phrasing, meter, rhythm, and accent.
- Music 839(E): Music and Emotion. An examination of modern ideas related to music and emotion, including physiological, evolutionary, cognitive, historical and cultural perspectives.
- Music 839(F): Harmony and Voice-leading. A review of the modern research literatures related to the perception and cognition of Western harmony and voice-leading.
- Music 950.01: Cognitive Ethnomusicology. This seminar surveys the existing literature of cross-cultural and non-Western monocultural studies by music cognition researchers, as well as work by ethnomuiscologists, folklorists, and others that examines cognitive processes in music.
- Music 950.02: Music and Expectation. This seminar addresses the experience of musical expectation, including its phenomenological, physiological, and musical manifestations.