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.
Music as Biology: What We Like to Hear and WhyDuke University
About this Course
Skills you will gain
- 5 stars57.07%
- 4 stars24.96%
- 3 stars12.48%
- 2 stars3.50%
- 1 star1.97%
TOP REVIEWS FROM MUSIC AS BIOLOGY: WHAT WE LIKE TO HEAR AND WHY
Great course, very informative for anyone who wishes to explore deeper aspects of music that have to do with biology and psychology.
The course materials, videos and lectures were great. The quizzes were a bit odd - strange wording and sometimes out of order with the teaching units.
Good introductory course on science behind music. Solid and interesting content. Little dry. Pianist is excellent.
Very clearly laid out in lecture and slides. Was able to learn a great deal, even though I have little previous knowledge of this area.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I have access to the lectures and assignments?
What will I get if I purchase the Certificate?
Is financial aid available?
Will I receive a transcript from Duke University for completing this course?
More questions? Visit the Learner Help Center.