Music 151: An Introduction to Music Perception and Cognition

An exploration of music as a human endeavour with emphasis on the perceptual and cognitive aspects of the musical experience(s).


Prof. Jonathan Berger (, office hours: MW 12–2pm by appt.

Prof. Vinod Menon (

TA: Gautham Mysore (

Class meeting: MW 10–11:50am in the CCRMA Classroom (Knoll 217)

Additional announcements, materials, and details posted on Coursework.


1. Introduction - the questions
2. Brain anatomy and the auditory system
3. Spectral and pitch representation
4. Rhythm, timing, and temporal structure
5. Timbre and speech
6. Attention and memory
7. Development and learning
8. Expectation, expertise, and disorders
9. Emotion
10. Wrapup and project presentations