Psychology of Music

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Psychology of Music

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Music, Music Performance, Music Technology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    24 units of credit in Music courses, including 12 at Level 1 and enrolment in a single or dual Music degree program or enrolment in a Music major or minor

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Music psychology asks questions about music cognition and behaviour: How do we perceive the sound? Why can an instrument sound musical? How do we respond to the sound? What happens when we are preparing and performing on an instrument? Why can performers become debilitatingly nervous? Why can music move us to tears or to feelings of ecstasy? What is the relation between music, sex and cheescake? Can music make you smarter, and what is the Mozart Effect? Why does that tune get stuck in my head? How old must a person be before they can hear and appreciate music? These and related questions are addressed through examination of the music psychology and education literature, and the critical evaluation of the student's own musical attitudes, beliefs and behaviours.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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