Music plays an integral role in film-making and serves many functions, such as conveying emotion, heightening tension, and influencing
interpretation and inferences about events and characters. All of these musical applications depend on complex mental processes that are being identified through research on human participants in multimedia contexts. This field includes a broad range of disciplines including psychology, musicology, neuroscience, media studies, film, and communications. Students will develop and use musical vocabulary to describe the aural stimuli of specific cinematic productions and also read and critique empirical research in the intersecting fields.
Note: Students who have had MUSC 204 or a 300-level music theory course should register for MUSC 346.