Module Details

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Code MUSI290
Coordinator Dr E Coutinho
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 5 FHEQ First Semester 15


On completion of the module all students should:
· have a broad understanding of central topics in the field of Music Psychology
· acknowledge the multidisciplinary nature of Music Psychology research and scholarship
· be able to explore, understand and appraise theoretical and empirical research in the field of Music Psychology

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will acquire general and specific knowledge on various topic areas in the multidisciplinary field of music psychology and develop new perspectives on how the human mind processes and responds to music.

(LO2) Students will be able to critically evaluate existing scholarship in the field and demonstrate awareness of the relationship between theoretical and empirical contributions to music psychology.

(LO3) Students will be familiar with music psychology research and how it helps understanding the uses of music in everyday life.

(LO4) Students will be able to integrate literature and research into a logical argument and communicate (textually) effectively and appealingly presenting research findings to a lay audience.

(S1) Intellectual skills (curiosity, research and exploration, critical understanding, analytical demonstrations).

(S2) Creative and re-creative skills (presentation, interpretation).

(S3) Information technology and media literacy.

(S4) Teamwork and collaboration.

(S5) Written presentation skills.



Music Psychology is a multi-disciplinary field that aims to understand and explain musical activities and experiences through the scientific study of mind and behaviour and this module introduces key contemporary topics in this area, such as the origins of music; music and emotion; music and the brain; musical development; training and expertise; uses of music in everyday life; music and personality; and music, health and wellbeing. The exploration of the field will be through critical reading of existing theoretical and experimental papers. We will also explore different research methods used within music psychology research during lectures and seminars, and through directed readings and class demonstrations.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures: Each week students will watch a pre-recorded lecture that introduces central concepts and perspectives on a core topic of music psychology that provides students with a strong base to further explore each topic in “out of class” study time and during seminars. In addition to this, students will contribute to online discussions (though Canvas discussion boards) and carry out some research tasks during the individual study time. Attendance Recorded: No

Seminars: In the seminars, students will have the opportunity to actively explore each topic in greater depth via set activities (some prepared in advance) and small group discussions guided by the module tutor. Activities will include revision of the lecture contents, in-class demonstrations, short presentations, and assessment related tasks. Attendance Recorded: Yes

Self-directed Learning: Independent study time should be spent reading around the subject matter (mandatory and suggested readi ngs will be provided), preparing for the seminars (directed reading, preparations for discussions and activities), and working towards coursework and exam.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   16.5


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 117


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment ID: Literature review Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for Late Submission: Standard UoL penalty applies Anonymous Assessment: Yes    70       
Assessment ID: Multiple-choice Test Reassessment Opportunity: Yes Penalty for Late Assessment: No Anonymous Assessment: Yes    30       

Recommended Texts

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