SGSI07 Music and Human Behavior

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Stanford Graduate Summer Institute

SGSI Summer course in Musical Behavior

  • Vinod Menon
  • Jonathan Berger
  • Assistants: Hiroko Terasawa, Song-Hui Chon

Place: Wallenberg Hall (tentative)

Course outline

Sunday 9/16 – dinner and concert

Monday 9/17 – The Anatomy of Musical Hearing

Tuesday 9/18 – Learning and Memory

Wednesday 9/19 – Expectations

Thursday 9/20 – Timing and temporal structures

Friday 9/21 – Affect and emotion


Haydn, String Quartet op. 54, no. 2. Beethoven, string Quartet, op. 132
Wagner, Tannhauser (tentative)
Schubert, String Quintet, C major (tentative)


Krumhansl, C. L. 1990. Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch. New York: Oxford University Press, pp.16-31.

Krumhansl. C.L. 2002. Music: A Link Between Cognition and Emotion

Current Directions in Psychological Science. Vol. 11 Issue 2 Page 45 April 2002

Krumhansl, C.L. 1996. A perceptual analysis of Mozart's Piano Sonata K. 282: Segmentation, tension, and musical ideas. Music Perception 13 (3):401-432.

Pre-course assignment

Please answer the following and e-mail your responses to:

  1. Succinctly describe what you hope to get out of this course and what you feel you can contribute.
  1. List five questions regarding music and human musical behavior that you would like to pursue in depth during the week of the summer course.