MUSI3029 Music and Scientific Thoughts: past and present (capstone experience)
Course Type: disciplinary elective for music majors/minors, free elective for others
Prerequisite: NIL
Instructor: Dr. Youn KIM
Semester: Second Semester 2021/22
Time: 10:30am-12:20pm, Tuesday
Venue: CRT-11.01 Seminar Room
This course investigates the link between music and science in Western history. Music has been frequently associated with science, but the way the two realms have been interconnected with each other varies throughout history. In exploring each case of scientific thoughts on music in history, students are expected to obtain a contextual understanding of music and science as socio-cultural products and to gain insight into the interdisciplinary nature of the study of music.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • demonstrate their knowledge about various interplays between music and science in history;
  • reflect upon their own musical experience, formulate a question in a scholarly way, and develop it into a research topic;
  • locate and evaluate resources and integrate literature into a logical argument;
  • demonstrate an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of the study of music.
Research Project 90%
- Assignment 1: topic proposal + annotated preliminary bibliography (10%)
- Assignment 2: critical review of readings (20 %)
- Assignment 3: presentation (25%)
- Assignment 4: final paper (35%)

Attendance and Class Participation
  • Music, Number, and the Universe
  • Music and Proportion
  • Music and Harmonics
  • Music and Nature
  • Music, Instruments, and Machines
  • Quantifying Music
  • Music and Space
  • Empirical Musicology
  • Music and Neuroscience
  • Power of Music
  • Music, Technology, Media and Virtuality
  • Music in the Posthuman Era
Selected readings and listening/viewing materials are either available on Moodle or on reserve at the Music Library.