Music and Emotion

Unit code: 10349

Description: This unit is designed to promote the exploration of traditional and contemporary use of melody, harmony and rhythm to intentionally manipulate emotions. The unit is a precursor to Screen Music in composing music for screen. The student examines historical and cultural associations between mood and music, both Western and Eastern and applies aural recognition of scales, chords, tempi, pitch range, dynamics, intervals, durations and timbre, again, with a specific focus on the emotional impact and communicative power of these elements. The unit is both systematic and exploratory in nature, introducing standard conventions of melody writing while promoting originality and innovation. In this unit the theory of melody writing is secondary to the manipulative power of melody over the audience. In this way, the unit is designed to especially complement Music Performance: Exploring Originality.