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White Hall 101
Content: This course examines the subjective experience and neural substrates of music perception and performance. Each week the class participates in a dialog between musicians and neuroscientists that examines both the experiential and mechanistic approach to music by asking questions such as "What makes something musical and how are the complex sounds of music processed by the brain?" The relationships of music to language, emotion and memory will be examined in detail. Theories of motor learning will be discussed and applied to musical performance. The course explores the development of the musical mind from infancy to adulthood and asks the question, "How are the brains of composers, conductors, and performers different?" Evidence of the efficacy of music therapy and the impact of music on mental health are evaluated. Finally the evolution of musicality in animals and humans is examined.
Guests: Ayke Agus who was the accompanist for Jascha Heifetz and wrote the book Heifetz As I Knew Him will speak about musical genius. Yoel Levi, Principal conductor of the Orchestre National d'Île de France and Principal Guest Conductor of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, has committed to memory over 2,500 scores and will come and speak about musical memory. Lois Reitzes, Director of Arts and Cultural Programming for Atlanta Public Broadcasting and Host for WABE's popular classical radio show "Second Cup Concert" will discuss changes in musical preferences as a function of time of day. Cecylia Arzewski, former Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony and a winner of the International Bach Competition, will examine techniques of musical learning. Juan Ramírez-Hernández Violinist/composer, Founder of Atlanta Virtuosi, Recipient of the Loridans Arts Award will explore musical imagery. Additional guest speakers from the Emory Music Department will include William Ransom, Steven Everett, Gary Motley, and the Vega String Quartet.
Maestro Levi has invited the class to attend the dress rehearsal of The Atlanta Opera production of Aida.
Particulars: Prerequisites: Any one of the following courses: Biol 120; Biol 141,142; OR Music 114; Music 121-122. There will be a midterm and final. Students are only responsible for material presented in class but optional supplemental readings from the lay and scientific literature will be available online.
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