Jun 11, 2017
Great course, very informative for anyone who wishes to explore deeper aspects of music that have to do with biology and psychology.
Mar 14, 2017
Natural scientific approach to music; this is definitely a new perspective on music and acoustics in general.
par Jeong K•
Jun 05, 2017
It was an interesting course and thought something novel. There was some difficulty in understanding scales.
par Vladimirs Z•
Mar 06, 2016
Good video content, but quizzes need to be revised.
par Jenifer N R N•
Oct 20, 2017
It's a really good curse to learn and discover different facts about, music,biology (sense of hearing) and emotions. How is the mood sense affected by music.
par Margaret F•
Sep 17, 2016
This course was fairly interesting. The argument that the notes of our scale are linked to human vocalisation, not just in the West, but the whole world.
par Linda t B•
Aug 18, 2016
An interesting course about some biological aspects in music as well as some comparing examples between cultural styles.
par Ana L M T•
Oct 16, 2017
Para una persona que se dedica a la educación musical, este curso es de suma importancia , muestra las cuestiones biológicas que son el punto de partida para aprender sobre este maravilloso arte, esta completísimo y explicado de forma progresiva.
par David B•
Aug 03, 2016
Interesting and well presented. I completed the entire course, all lectures and assignments. However, week 1 is persistently listed as "overdue" even though it was actually completed ahead of time. Please remove from the "overdue" status which incessantly prompts me to join an upcoming new session. I enjoyed the course but this technical snafu is annoying.
par Rakshak T•
May 02, 2016
Very informative and interesting. However the quizzes didn't coincide well with the lectures.
par Robert D•
Dec 13, 2017
This is a very fascinating view of the origins of musical intervals and scales and harmonies that I had never considered before. There is a lot I will follow up. Thanks to Dale Purves for making this available.
par Alicja M•
Nov 12, 2016
The course was quite difficult for me. The questions in quizes are sometimes hard to answer. Very often there is no simple solution. Or maybe my command of English was not sufficient to complete the course without several mistakes. Otherwise, topics were covered deeply and were thought-provoking.
par Claire C•
Sep 11, 2016
The very dull voice of the teacher makes him sound as if he is bothered about teaching the course.
interesting info otherwise.
par Ognjen Š•
Oct 01, 2016
Quite an interesting course connecting various fields such as mathematics, physics, brain science, music and music theory. I am giving it 4 stars as I feel that some explanations are weak and need more elaboration.
par Raymundo A A•
May 28, 2019
This course works fairly well for those who look forward to quenching their thirst of knowledge. It is not only useful for those who study a program related to the are, but also for inquisitive people
par Andy L•
Dec 27, 2018
The content of the course itself was engaging and presented well-enough, with some interesting data analysis whether or not you find the ultimate interpretations convincing. From a logistical perspective though, there were serious issues with the coherency of the quizzes and some minor issues with the organization and editing of video content (i.e. segments repeated multiple times).
par Aniruddha J•
Jan 17, 2019
For the hypothesis regarding biological explaination of consonance, it would have been useful to present detailed statistical analysis. Without that, the theory presented was not very convincing. According to the theory presened (slide 17 in defining music...), notes m2, M2 and M7 should not be consonant at all. However, they are wonderfully consonant, at least in Hindustani Classical Music. Secondly, the theory does not explain why notes in the lower octave (less than 256 Hz) sound consonant in vocal music though such frequencies are almost absent in normal speech. As far as I am concerned, the course, while making an honest attempt, does not answer many questions.
par Jecca J•
Feb 25, 2019
Great Professor and content but poorly designed quizzes.
par Raphael K•
Sep 30, 2016
Great topic, but the course was less interesting and profound than I expected. The professor could be a little more motivating. Worth the time though!
par Alexandra P•
Sep 26, 2017
An overview of lots of topics, but the answer to the question in the title can be given without any of that.
par Lillian L•
Feb 05, 2018
Interesting, but has an evolutionary basis which was a bit disappointing. The piano and mbira demonstrations were both enjoyable and interesting.
par Selim Ö•
Aug 01, 2017
Superb topic... Very interesting, but insufficient content... Videos are difficult to follow and comprehend. So is true for tests.
Moderately recommended because of these teaching imperfections...
par Sithara G•
Sep 10, 2017
The video lessons weren't very helpful except in the case of where a certain musical concept was explained and demonstrated. The quiz questions weren't always answered very clearly in the lessons so it would come down to my inferences most of the time. The fact that I am a student who studies music in high school helped me, but if you don't have an advanced understanding of music before you start the course you may find it more challenging.
par Kristin H•
May 27, 2017
Good course, and a very interesting overview of the human auditory system, the significance of the harmonic series, and a biological perspective on what attracts us to music and how we have developed a musical language. The instructor is very narrative in his lecture style, so I found it helpful to follow along with the transcriptions - he tends to talk on about a point, and it is easy to miss the main point in all of his clarification. I was not a fan of the quizzes; I found them to be confusing in verbiage, often focusing on obscure points within the lectures, or using terminology not addressed in the lectures at all. I also think the course would benefit by the inclusion of a Music Theorist to explain the musical concepts, as the Instructor is a Neuroscientist, and misspoke on music theory a few times; it also would have broken up the uniformity of mostly one speaker throughout a 6-week course. But overall, I thought that this course was very good, and covered some very interesting material, and that the Instructor was very knowledgeable on a variety of topics, and very engaging. He did a great job explaining difficult concepts until you GOT it, even without a scientific background.
par Taym A•
Oct 04, 2017
This course needs a whole lot of editing. Many confusing mistakes both in lessons and in quizzes. Some fundamental concepts were not explained properly/sufficiently.
par Arman S•
Jun 15, 2017
The whole course is beneficial for someone with just rudimentary knowledge of physics of sound. The physics modules and some music theory parts were not useful for me, because I already had enough knowledge. I expected the course to deliver more biological information - as the title indicates - so that I could learn professional methods of interpretation of music from biological viewpoint.
par Donna N•
Dec 31, 2016
Interesting material but the instructor was so monotone and spoke so slowly, I had to play the videos at a faster speed to stay awake. I'll bet it came in handy for those whose English was not as fluent, though.