Lecture Notes

Selected lecture notes are provided below.

Summary of key lecture topics (PDF - 1.6MB)


Course introduction

Overview of the structure of music

Overview of music’s psychological and social functions

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2 Overview: auditory perception and the time sense (PDF - 2.7MB)
3 Overview of the auditory system (PDF - 3.2MB)
4 Pitch (PDF - 6.0MB)
5 Pitch mechanisms and neurocomputational models (PDF - 5.7MB)
7 Timbre (PDF - 2.0MB)
8 Consonance, dissonance, and roughness (PDF - 5.4MB)
9 Scales, tuning and harmony (PDF - 2.2MB)
10 Melody (PDF - 1.8MB)
16 Rhythm, timing, and expectation (PDF - 3.8MB)

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