Jul 22, 2024  
Course Catalog 2020-2021 
Course Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music and Cognition Minor

The minor consists of a minimum of 5 full courses (or the equivalent) and a learning portfolio.

Note: Students must earn minimum grades of C- or P for all courses that apply toward the minor.

The interdisciplinary study of music and cognition is a rapidly growing field, with important contributions from music theory, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, and anthropology.

The minor in Music and Cognition is intended to give students the opportunity to engage with cutting-edge issues in the cognitive science of musical experience, understood broadly to encompass both music production and appreciation. In addition to courses directly concerned with musical cognition and emotion, the minor requires courses which provide background necessary for in-depth understanding of music and cognition, including classes in cognitive science, music theory, music history, and music production. Students will learn about the scholarly methods and goals of research in both music theory and the cognitive sciences, and will take at least one course that addresses the cross-disciplinary dialogue between the two fields.

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Students wishing to complete the Music and Cognition minor should consult with their academic advisor or a member of the curricular committee and complete the Minor Add or Drop form. The form requires the signature of one of the minor faculty co-chairs. Students must obtain prior approval for any substitution.

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Rebecca Leydon (Music Theory)
Leslie Kwakye (Neuroscience)

Music and Cognition Minor Course Lists


  • Students should be aware that some of the below listed courses have prerequisites and should plan their schedules accordingly.
  • If a student is enrolled in or completed a course that is not listed below, they can petition the curricular committee to apply the course toward the minor.

Learning Portfolio

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In addition to the above requirements, students will also develop a learning portfolio with substantive pieces of work from each of the classes taken to fulfill the minor. The learning  portfolio must also include a reflection piece that explicitly connects the learning outcomes in the different courses. This reflection will be shared with the advisor (faculty liaison) and Conservatory and College Interdivisional Curricular Committee for the purpose of assessing student learning.