Free online course – Why does music make you move?

Image: Live MusicMusic is movement. A bold statement, but one that you can explore in this free online course.

You’ll study with other participants on the course and study music through different types of body movement. This includes everything from the sound-producing keyboard actions of a pianist to the energetic dance moves in a club.

You will learn about the theoretical foundations for what we call embodied music cognition and why body movement is crucial for how we experience the emotional moods in music. Different research methods used at universities and conservatories will be explored. These include advanced motion capture systems and sound analysis methods.

You will be guided by a group of music researchers from the University of Oslo, with musical examples from four professional musicians. The course is rich in high-quality text, images, video, audio and interactive elements. Join the course to learn more about terms such as entertainment and musical metaphors, and why it is difficult to sit still when you experience a good groove.

Sign-up online for the next delivery which starts on 21st January 2019.

[Text sourced from the FutureLearn web site]

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