Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Connections 20043. Music: The Medium and the Message

Our experience of music, whether by Beethoven, Billie Holiday, the Beatles or the Bad Plus, consists of the emotions and subjective impressions communicated and inspired by the arrangement of sounds. As in verbal communication, both the sounds themselves and the particular method of organizing them determine these effects. In MUSC 114, the focus is on the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of this language of sound (the "message"). In PHYS 107, the focus is on the actual sounds themselves, in terms of their mathematical and physical relationships (the "medium"). Studying musical material from both these perspectives deepens our understanding and appreciation of this essentially mysterious phenomenon.

MUSC 114 Music Theory I: Fundamentals of Harmonic Practice
or MUSC 113 Introduction to Music Theory
or MUSC 115 Music Theory II: Tonal Harmony
PHYS 107 or MUSC 107 The Physics of Music and Sound