课程信息
The course will explore the tone combinations that humans consider consonant or dissonant, the scales we use, and the emotions music elicits, all of which provide a rich set of data for exploring music and auditory aesthetics in a biological framework. Analyses of speech and musical databases are consistent with the idea that the chromatic scale (the set of tones used by humans to create music), consonance and dissonance, worldwide preferences for a few dozen scales from the billions that are possible, and the emotions elicited by music in different cultures all stem from the relative similarity of musical tonalities and the characteristics of voiced (tonal) speech. Like the phenomenology of visual perception, these aspects of auditory perception appear to have arisen from the need to contend with sensory stimuli that are inherently unable to specify their physical sources, leading to the evolution of a common strategy to deal with this fundamental challenge.
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100% 在线课程

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完成时间大约为13 小时

建议:4 hours/week
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
29 minutes to complete

Course Introduction

Introduction to Music as Biology...
Reading
1 video (Total 4 min), 2 readings
Reading2 readings
A Word About the Course10m
Feedback surveys10m
Clock
2 hours to complete

Sound Signals, Sound Stimuli, and the Human Auditory System

An overview of the organization of the human auditory system, and how sound signals are transformed into sound stimuli....
Reading
4 videos (Total 36 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Sound Signals and Sound Stimuli5m
Tones versus Noise11m
Determining the Sources of Sound Stimuli9m
Reading3 readings
Module Resources10m
An Overview of the Human Auditory System10m
Feedback survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Sound Signals, Sound Stimuli, and the Human Auditory System20m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

The Perception of Sound Stimuli

An introduction to the sound qualities we perceive, and how and why these qualities differ from the information in sound signals....
Reading
5 videos (Total 45 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Pitch and Frequency13m
Timbre and its Causes5m
Observation and Linguistics5m
Auditory Objects and Scenes5m
Reading2 readings
Module Resources10m
Feedback survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
The Perception of Sound Stimuli20m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Vocalization and Vocal Tones

A discussion of the nature of vocal sound signals, their biological importance and their role in understanding music....
Reading
5 videos (Total 45 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
The Perception of Vocal Sound Signals9m
The Perception of Intensity (Loudness) in Empirical Terms10m
The Perception of Frequency (Pitch) in Empirical Terms4m
Relationship of Vocalization to Music7m
Reading2 readings
Module Resources10m
Feedback survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Vocalization and Vocal Tones20m

4

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Defining Music and Exploring Why We Like It

The tonal phenomena that need to be explained in any theory of music, and different approaches that have been take to provide answers. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 72 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
The Chromatic Scale and Some More Musical Terminology6m
Consonance and Dissonance6m
Tonality vs. Atonality: Frequency of Consonant vs. Dissonant Intervals4m
Tension and Resolution5m
Cadences8m
Mathematical Explanations of Consonance5m
A Physical Explanation of Consonance7m
A Biological Explanation of Consonance16m
Reading2 readings
Module Resources10m
Feedback survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Defining Music and Exploring Why We Like It20m

5

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Musical Scales

Why a small number of basic scales are used in music worldwide, and how a biological framework explains this and related puzzles....
Reading
6 videos (Total 62 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
The Small Number of Scales Used7m
Testing a Biological Explanation of Scale Preference9m
Why Is the Number of Intervals in Scales So Limited?5m
The Status of the Chromatic Scale and the Semitone in Biological Terms10m
Is Music Uniquely Human?9m
Reading2 readings
Module Resources10m
Feedback survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Musical Scales20m

6

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Music, Emotion, and Cultural Differences

How emotion is conveyed by vocal similarity in music across cultures, and how the speech of a culture and its music are related. A summing up of the major points in the course follows....
Reading
7 videos (Total 65 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Emotions Elicited by Major versus Minor Scales14m
Comparision of Major and Minor Music with Vocalization in Different Emotional States6m
Expression of Emotion in Eastern and Western Music7m
Language, Speech, and Cultural Differences in Music19m
Mbira Music: Background and Cyclical Structures4m
Mbria Music: Nonhamronic Frequencies3m
Reading4 readings
Module Resources10m
Mozart Variation 8, "Minor"10m
Mozart Variation 9, "Major"10m
Feedback survey10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Music, Emotion, and Cultural Differences20m
Summing Up20m
Clock
3 hours to complete

Additional Resources

Additional demonstrations and commentaries by Ruby Froom on some of the musical issues considered in the course, as well as a glossary of terms and bibliography for references....
Reading
6 videos (Total 38 min), 16 readings
Video6 videos
Derivations of the Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales8m
Cadences8m
Berg Lieder4m
Background and Cyclical Structure4m
Nonharmonic Frequencies3m
Reading16 readings
Mozart Theme10m
Mozart Variation 2, ornamentation10m
Mozart Variation 5, rhythmic sync10m
Mozart Variation 8, "Minor"10m
Mozart Variation 9, "Major"10m
Minor Scale Analysis in BWV 00210m
Music Theory Rules10m
BWV 002 Harmonic Analysis10m
BWV 65.2 Harmonic Analysis10m
BWV 133.6 Harmonic Analysis10m
Schliesse Mir Die Augen Beide10m
Tonal Version Sheet Music10m
Atonal Version Sheet Music10m
Glossary A-O10m
Glossary P-W10m
Bibliography10m
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Top Reviews

By MMSep 22nd 2016

This course has helped me to understand biological psychology of humans towards music. Based on this knowledge i am confident to create music which will seem good to the ears of humans.

By MPMay 18th 2017

Muy completo e interesante, didáctico y muy intuitivo, aprendí demasiado... definitivamente lo recomiendo para aquellos que apenas inician en el mundo de la música!

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