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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Spring 2007

PSY 341k • Cognitive Psychology of Music

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43715 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
SEA 3.250

Course Description

This course studies the perceptual and cognitive processing involved in the psychology of music. The general idea is to acquaint students with the basic concepts and issues involved in the understanding of musical passages. The focus of this course is on the perception and cognition of musical materials, taking as its starting point the music listener as a gatherer and interpreter of information from the environment.

Topics will include the basic physical and psychological properties of sound, pitch perception and melodic organization, the perception of rhythm and time, general aspects of auditory scene analysis, musical performance, emotion and meaning in music, musical development, and so on.

Grading Policy



TBA: Various readings selected by the professor.


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