Course Details

500: The Science of Music and Sound

July 16-20
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Sounds are all around us: voices speaking and singing, doorbells ringing, birds calling, trucks rumbling. Why do we find some sounds pleasant and others not? What makes a musical sound different from other sounds? In this course, we will look into how sound is produced and perceived, examining the physical and perceptual basis of pitch, scales, and harmony.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Ray Squitieri
Ray Squitieri, a retired economist, has led 10 different OLLI study groups since 2011, covering classical music and opera, European history, Chinese history, and economic history. He studied voice for 10 years.

Reading List:

How Music Works, John Powell. Little Brown, 2017, ISBN: 978-193636553.
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