Jun 11, 2017
Great course, very informative for anyone who wishes to explore deeper aspects of music that have to do with biology and psychology.
Mar 14, 2017
Natural scientific approach to music; this is definitely a new perspective on music and acoustics in general.
von Selim Ö•
Aug 01, 2017
Superb topic... Very interesting, but insufficient content... Videos are difficult to follow and comprehend. So is true for tests.
Moderately recommended because of these teaching imperfections...
von Maksim O•
May 04, 2016
A five-week class on biological mechanisms of perception of speech and music by humans. The topics include sound signals and sound stimuli and their perception with the human auditory system, differences and likelihood in the perception of vocalization and vocal tones in speech and of music, biological interpretation of scales, and the impact of cultural differences onto music.
The course is rather a prolonged description of the research field than a proper part of general education. Its real subject is certain topics in biology, not music. Only a number facts discussed may be of interest for most music student, and these are contained in any decent introductory textbook of music anyhow.
von Ric E•
Jun 14, 2016
Potentially interesting and useful material presented in boring and sometimes unclear manner. Quizzes failed to correlate to the material in the lectures. Got something out of the course but the potential was there for much more.
von Grace M•
Aug 08, 2016
The instructor is very dry and the mat
von Meylien D H•
May 17, 2016
The course was alright in the sense that it was descriptive, however, the level of critical thinking suggested for the course was not actually indicative of the material presented.
A lot of the material presented was great, but when the quiz came around, questions regarding the material were unequal. For example, in one quiz, there was a question about Galileo, but there was no mention of Galileo in the lecture for that week, and, a lot of the PDF'S were repetitive and not diverse in the material being taught.
von Laura F•
Apr 01, 2016
The material in this course is very interesting, and many of the musical demonstrations are extremely helpful. I am glad I took it. However, much of the most interesting material is poorly explained; I would loved if fewer ideas were covered in more depth. The quizzes were for the most part poorly written, and only somewhat correlated with the presentation of material in the lectures. So there is definitely much room for improvement.
von Kristin H•
May 27, 2017
Good course, and a very interesting overview of the human auditory system, the significance of the harmonic series, and a biological perspective on what attracts us to music and how we have developed a musical language. The instructor is very narrative in his lecture style, so I found it helpful to follow along with the transcriptions - he tends to talk on about a point, and it is easy to miss the main point in all of his clarification. I was not a fan of the quizzes; I found them to be confusing in verbiage, often focusing on obscure points within the lectures, or using terminology not addressed in the lectures at all. I also think the course would benefit by the inclusion of a Music Theorist to explain the musical concepts, as the Instructor is a Neuroscientist, and misspoke on music theory a few times; it also would have broken up the uniformity of mostly one speaker throughout a 6-week course. But overall, I thought that this course was very good, and covered some very interesting material, and that the Instructor was very knowledgeable on a variety of topics, and very engaging. He did a great job explaining difficult concepts until you GOT it, even without a scientific background.
von Taym A•
Oct 04, 2017
This course needs a whole lot of editing. Many confusing mistakes both in lessons and in quizzes. Some fundamental concepts were not explained properly/sufficiently.
von Lillian L•
Feb 05, 2018
Interesting, but has an evolutionary basis which was a bit disappointing. The piano and mbira demonstrations were both enjoyable and interesting.
von Alexandra P•
Sep 26, 2017
An overview of lots of topics, but the answer to the question in the title can be given without any of that.
von Arman S•
Jun 15, 2017
The whole course is beneficial for someone with just rudimentary knowledge of physics of sound. The physics modules and some music theory parts were not useful for me, because I already had enough knowledge. I expected the course to deliver more biological information - as the title indicates - so that I could learn professional methods of interpretation of music from biological viewpoint.
von Sithara G•
Sep 10, 2017
The video lessons weren't very helpful except in the case of where a certain musical concept was explained and demonstrated. The quiz questions weren't always answered very clearly in the lessons so it would come down to my inferences most of the time. The fact that I am a student who studies music in high school helped me, but if you don't have an advanced understanding of music before you start the course you may find it more challenging.
von Ben B•
Jan 07, 2017
The course tackles an interesting topic: why do we enjoy music?
But there are two problems with this course:
1) It fails to provide convincing evidence for its claims; the evidence is circumstantial and flimsy.
2) The lecturer is, how shall I say this politely, monotonic. He lacks enthusiasm.
My recommendation: if you are interested in the topic, take this course and make your own mind up. Maybe it will convince you. If not, you will have learnt a bit about human perception a sound perception.
von Catherine S•
Apr 04, 2016
The content was interesting, but the quizzes didn't relate to the lectures very often. It was as if there was a major piece missing in this course. One of the questions even referenced a book that was never mentioned or made available. Also, several of the musical sections seemed to be in the wrong place. I think maybe this is one of the classes that doesn't work well in this format.
von Luis A•
Oct 12, 2016
This class isn't very good. It is confusing and not well explained, and the quizzes are too short and badly written. I gave up on week 5 (of 6) because I just didn't feel i was learning very much, particularly about what the title of the course would suggest you'd be learning about.
von Sara A•
Nov 16, 2017
I found that this course requires at least a basic knowledge of music and sound, which i did not have , making the classes a bit tedious. I would recommend it to musicians though, who might find it more interesting than I did.
von Roman G•
Dec 29, 2016
Very dry and uninspired.
The lecturer monotonically reads off some material.
The explanations don't usually make any sense.
The quizzes are a guessing game, arbitrarily connected (or not) to the lecture material.
In retrospect: a waste of my time.
von Joao P R d S•
May 12, 2017
von Dave S•
Nov 30, 2017
Caveat: I am not a music major or minor, and have no music theory background...I'm a computer scientist and polymath, but not deep in music. My low rating is due to unclear and rambling lectures, many small errors in the text and one very large one in week 5 lesson 1. This isn't up to the par of other Coursera courses I've taken. He could use more visuals to present the concepts, and speak more concisely to make the points. There are tons of materials available in this area of knowledge, and he didn't use that many of them, so it wasn't that great of a learning experience for me since I learn visually and he used only a small set of visuals.
von Jon B•
Sep 29, 2018
von Richard G•
Dec 02, 2019
Very dull lecturers. Most material is poorly presented
von Vincent G•
Feb 08, 2017
Very interesting subject. I was really wainting for a course like that but, with all due respect and aknowledgement to the instructors, their is many ways this course could have been an inspiring and exciting journey. Vincent
von lisa B•
May 10, 2016
It is odd that a course that concentrates so vehemently on speech tone, as a segue to music would be taught by a monotone and mostly unenthused professor. Often verbose, but never succinct, I had to listen to his drone twice to glean anything of value.
His tests were wrought with "gotcha" questions, having nothing to do with the important material of the course. As a physicist, I was very disappointed in his treatment of the important equations associated with the mathematics of music (mentioned as "too hard" to understand).
There was nearly no mention of rhythm and its importance in music, as relates to biology and/or emotion, and no mention of how those rhythms relate to heartbeat.
I am deeply disappointed, but I do hope this critique is seen as an opportunity to create a better course.
von Ken B•
Jun 21, 2016
I slogged through it and got an 89, but the videos were boring and the quizzes were poorly worded and should have had greater correlation with the course content.
von Ionko N•
Jul 05, 2016
Arguments that sound very unconvincing and unscientific.