Duke University
Music as Biology: What We Like to Hear and Why
Duke University

Music as Biology: What We Like to Hear and Why

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Dale Purves

Instructor: Dale Purves


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There are 8 modules in this course

Introduction to Music as Biology

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1 video1 reading1 discussion prompt

An overview of the organization of the human auditory system, and how sound signals are transformed into sound stimuli.

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4 videos2 readings1 quiz4 discussion prompts

An introduction to the sound qualities we perceive, and how and why these qualities differ from the information in sound signals.

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5 videos1 reading1 quiz2 discussion prompts

A discussion of the nature of vocal sound signals, their biological importance and their role in understanding music.

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5 videos1 reading1 quiz3 discussion prompts

The tonal phenomena that need to be explained in any theory of music, and different approaches that have been take to provide answers.

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9 videos1 reading1 quiz3 discussion prompts

Why a small number of basic scales are used in music worldwide, and how a biological framework explains this and related puzzles.

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6 videos1 reading1 quiz3 discussion prompts

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.

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7 videos3 readings2 quizzes4 discussion prompts

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.

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6 videos16 readings


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Dale Purves
Duke University
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