1737 - Music and Emotions: How Do Composers Manipulate Your Moods?
Music awakens emotions and feelings in mind and body. Yet, music is fundamentally a non-verbal form of expression that does not require semantic interpretation. It's just sounds. How, then, does music reflect emotions? What causes the listener to react in certain ways? How do composers manipulate the listener's feelings, thoughts and energies, especially when there are no lyrics to influence reactions and responses? Where in your body are you sensing? What's causing certain sensations and feelings? What's the brain doing? Hearing music is a whole-body holistic experience, not just an auditory one. Come, listen and "feel" what you think you're hearing in the music and discover what and how the various music components (there are at least six) alter awareness, physical, and emotional responses. The course includes lecture, listening, and some music-making participation using YouTube and live performance samples, and periodic audience participation in non-verbal self-expression. Lecture (plus Questions); Hands-On Activity (e.g., Computer, Art); Listening to Music or Other Audio; Viewing Videos.
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