This course will explore music as a uniquely human cognitive domain, and its relation to other domains, such as language and emotion. By reviewing classics in the music cognition literature and touching upon current research, we will cover topics such as:
-what *is* music?
-musical skill and literacy development
-music and emotion
-relation between music and language
-the neuroscience of music

Format: highly discussion-oriented seminar; some lecture, but emphasis will be on discussing readings and other materials
Assessment methods: quizzes, in-class work, and short weekly writing assignments
Prerequisites: none; no music-theoretic nor psychology background will be assumed, though both will be helpful