Music & Emotion - MUS00114C

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Hauke Egermann
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module summary

In this module, students are introduced to psychological research in the field of music and emotion.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

Emotional responses to music are often described as the main motivation to engage in music performance and listening. In this module, participants are introduced to psychological research in the field of music and emotion. It will detail theoretical and empirical approaches to studying musical expressiveness and the induction of emotion through music. Here, we will focus on the role of structural, performance, listener, and context features in determining emotional responses to music. Furthermore, emotion genesis mechanisms will be discussed with respect to the literature available.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the taught part of the project all students should:

  • have a knowledge and understanding of how the human mind processes emotion in music including expression, recognition, and induction
  • be able to summarize different theoretical approaches in the field including their limitations
  • be able to evaluate the methodology of empirical studies from the field of Music and Emotion research
  • be able to design and conduct small empirical research projects investigating simple research questions in the field of music and emotion
  • and be able to apply this knowledge in their own professional approach to teaching, composing, and performing music.

  • First years: On completion of the module, in their independent work, students should demonstrate Learning Outcomes A1-A7.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay or Research Report
N/A 80
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Seminar presentation
N/A 20

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

Half of the students will work on a literature-based project (Option A) and the other half will work on an empirical group project (Option B):


Option A (literature-based):

This assessment consists of two parts:
a) seminar presentations of psychological study - and then a short individual write up of presentation (approx. 1000w, 20% of the mark) and
b) an essay which expands those ideas or develops new ones (approx. 4000w, 80% of the mark).

Option B (empirical project-based):

Students will work in groups. Each group member will receive a group mark and an individual mark for their contribution to the research project. Thus, the assessment consists of two parts:
a) an evaluation of you individual contribution. It will be be assessed through a brief critical reflection by each group member on the study design they collectively presented in classes (approx. 1000w, 20% of the mark) and
b) group research report (approx. 2000-3000w, 80% of the mark).

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay or Research Report
N/A 80
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Seminar presentation
N/A 20

Module feedback

Report form with marks to student no later than 6 weeks from submission of assessment.

Indicative reading

  • Cochrane, T.,Fantini, B. & Scherer, K. R. (Eds.)(2013). The Emotional Power of Music Multidisciplinary perspectives on musical arousal, expression, and social control. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Juslin, P. N., & Västfjäll, D. (2008). Emotional responses to music: the need to consider underlying mechanisms. The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31(5), 559–75; discussion 575–621.
  • Juslin, P.N. & Sloboda, J.A. (Eds.) (2010). Handbook of Music and Emotion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.



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