Data Management and Statistics
In this course, students develop quantitative, graphic and verbal skills as they analyze data. Students learn to reduce data to its simplest and most representative expression, as well as to recognize data reduction and its implication and potential pitfalls. Students study the economics of the music industry in the United States and abroad. In addition, students learn to incorporate computer-enhanced data presentations into their own oral and written communications, and how to support research and experiments with data and statistics.
The Body, Sound, and Inspiration in Performance and Beyond
In this course, students explore wellness practices that help nurture the potential for inspiration in performance. The course is both a laboratory for stepping out of the box with confidence in performance and a study of established wellness techniques. Students learn practice and wellness; how to demystify improvisation; they explore the science of sound impact on the body and they learn theories and practices of healthy performance. Students explore the following topics: embodying rhythm; authentically connecting with an audience; overcoming performance anxiety; and relaxing using Reiki, toning, and other forms of musical self-care. Students also develop skills that will enable them to explore the sources of their inspiration and creative expression.
Logic and Programming
In this course, students are introduced to logic as a philosophical concept and as a theory with practical computer programming application. Students examine the nature of thinking and rational discourse. They also study deductive and inductive reasoning, definition, propositions, syllogisms, contradiction and paradox, as well as various logical fallacies. Students apply this learning to computer programming.
Principles of Physics
This course is an introduction to the world of physical phenomena, including the following topics: mechanics, heat, electricity, and sound. Note: This course may be used to fulfill the natural science requirement.
This course explores the relationship between society and the environment. Students learn about ecosystems, the effects of population growth, and the influence of energy and pollution on environmental systems. In addition, students examine the flow of energy through ecosystems; the carrying capacity of an ecosystem; water, food, and mineral resources; fossil fuels vs. alternative energy sources; air and water pollution; climate change; and waste management. The class also discusses options to sustain and preserve the planet.
Human Anatomy and Physiology
This course covers basic knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. Each of the bodily systems will be dealt with as a separate entity, and then as an integrated part of the whole. This course is distinct from LMSC-221, Health and Wellness, in that it details more technical material for use in clinical settings at a level necessary to meet music therapy curricular competencies.
In this course, students examine the interdisciplinary nature of the Earth's oceans. Students learn about the biological, chemical, physical, and geological aspects of the ocean. Students investigate the creatures that live in the ocean, including fish, marine mammals, and microscopic plants and animals. In addition, students examine waves, currents, and environmental aspects of the ocean, as well as the features of the sea floor. Through this course, students also explore the interaction between humans and the oceans, analyzing humanity's relationship with the sea.
In this course, students explore the major natural disasters seen on the Earth. Students investigate the likely location of different types of disasters, the potential impact on society, and whether different types of disasters can be predicted. Students also learn about earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, landslides, asteroid impacts, and more. Students compare the potential dangers of different hazards, evaluate media reports on natural disasters, and assess legislation on natural disasters. In addition, students investigate the ways that humans interact with nature and affect these disasters.
Concepts in Contemporary Science
In this course, students explore topics of current scientific interest through a series of lectures/discussions with experts in their respective fields. Students examine major areas of scientific relevance such as climate change, water/air pollution, medicine, nutrition, etc. Students explore how these topics have direct impact on their lives and evaluate media coverage of these issues. Exact topics will vary every semester, according to the guest lecturers' areas of expertise.
Technology, Self, and Society
This course explores the relationship among technology, the self, and society. Students explore the concept of the self as it has evolved over the course of the romantic, modern, and postmodern eras, and as it has been affected by technology. The course explores the realm of technology and science as features of everyday life, and as a means by which subjects reproduce their identities. Students examine the ways in which different technologies (e.g., the telephone, the radio, the television, the internet, the automobile) shift our conceptualization of the self and reconfigure our relationship to society. Students critically examine the world around them and the ideologies of the self, of society, and of technology that determine the ways in which we interact with each other in the world.
Biodiversity and the Sounds of Nature
This course introduces biodiversity and its sounds by exploring a variety of topics through lectures, texts, documentaries, music, and visits to museums and natural areas of interest. Focusing on voices and other sounds, students will deepen their appreciation of biodiversity and will learn about major groups of organisms, including insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. Students will explore ecosystems, which combine physical and biological components, and the conservation of biodiversity. In addition, students will investigate a wide-range of other acoustic resources, including wind and water.
Introduction to Psychoacoustics
This course examines human auditory processing from the eardrum to the auditory cortex. Students learn how speech and music signals are transformed from physical activity in the environment, to sensations in the cochlea, to psychological perceptions in the brain. The relationship between a sound and its perception will be discussed in terms of the underlying mechanisms and the limitations of our hearing system. Topics include a description of the auditory system and pathways; signal detection and discrimination; masking; temporal resolution; pitch, timbre, and loudness perception; sound localization; auditory scene analysis; and speech and music perception.