Music

# MUSC 2111: Algebra and Geometry of Music

Lecture - 4 credits

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- Engages mathematical thinking in music with regard to its symbolic (how we represent music using numbers and signs); sonic (how mathematical thinking might create insights into musical sound); and grammatical (the logic by which music proceeds from one time to the next) expressions.
- Music and mathematics both contain objects that exhibit similar properties, such as circularity, similarity, objecthood, spatial dimensionality, dynamics, and processuality.
- Draws upon various branches of mathematics, including number theory, set theory, algebra, geometry, and statistics.
- Such representations highlight fundamental musical principles invoked in the process of improvisation, performance, and composition.
- As such, musical listening is a key component of the course.
- Ability to read musical notation or musical experience preferred.

Engages mathematical thinking in music with regard to its symbolic (how we represent music using numbers and signs); sonic (how mathematical thinking might create insights into musical sound); and grammatical (the logic by which music proceeds from one time to the next) expressions.

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