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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 1

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Michael Schutz


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 424

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23159


Office Hours: Office hours by appointment

Course Objectives:

Overview: This course will explore a number of fascinating questions, including: What
do musicians need to know about psychology? How does music ‘work’? What does it
mean to “understand” music? Why does music regarded as “beautiful” in some cultures
sound “painful” to our ears? Is western tonal music “better” than other forms of music?
What is the best way to teach children music? Does music make us smarter?
Course Objectives: The objectives of this course are:
1) To introduce key concepts from perception and cognition of practical use to
2) Discuss ways in which music cognition research can be used to help inform
current musical practices
3) To build critical reading, writing, thinking, and research skills
4) Introduce topics of research within the emerging field of music cognition

Prerequisites: Successful completion of MUSIC I.


Class Format: This class will meet twice a week, once for
50 minutes (Mondays) and once for 110 minutes
(Thursdays). This format is designed to promote extended
and thought provoking discussions, in particular during the
Thursday class. To this end, active participation by all
students is essential.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required Text: Tan, Pfordresher, & Harré (2010).
Psychology of Music (2010). The latest textbook for
teaching music cognition. Available at the campus bookstore
or online through a number of retailers.