Music, Meaning, & Emotion


Eduardo Herrera
Course Description
Music can move people to tears, stir patriotic feelings, incite aggression, foster mindfulness, or bring back memories of adolescent years. It can set the mood for a horror videogame, help us focus on our exercise, make us feel part of a religious congregation, accompany us in moments of grieving, and help us communicate our feelings to others. In short, music is meaningful in a myriad of ways. So how is it that something becomes meaningful to us when listening, performing, or dancing? In this course we will look at contemporary scholarship on musical meaning, emotion, and affect and learn analytical tools to examine the semiotic potentials of musicals sounds and movement.