Assignment for Tuesday, September 2

You should complete the following tasks in the order listed.

1. Listening & Response: Listen to the three pieces we listened to in class today, using the guiding questions on the “What is Musical Rhythm” handout as a means to direct your attention. After each listening, write down your thoughts about this listening experience. When you have finished listening to the three pieces, write a short response on the Virtual Lab’s “Forum” page (one paragraph per piece; make sure to mention which piece you are discussing). To get full credit for this task, post your response no later than Monday, September 1, 12:00 PM.

2. Online Experiment: To gain some perceptive on early psychological research, I would like you to complete the online experiment “Spontaneous Grouping” that you will find at the following URL: http://cognition.smusic.nyu.edu/studies/_study.php?sid=0

Before you can complete the experimental tasks, you will be asked to fill-out a questionnaire. The experiment proper should take about 25 minutes to complete. Make sure you are in a quiet room, free from distractions.

3. Reading: In preparation for class discussion, read Drake & Bertrand (2003), “The quest for universals in temporal processing in music”. Pay special attention to the following questions:

– What are the five candidates for temporal processing “universals” proposed by the authors, and what are the basic “facts” about perception that are used by the authors as justification for their candidacy?

– What is needed in order to support the universality of a perceptual mechanism?

– What are the different experimental paradigms used to explore each of these proposed candidates, and what are some of their limitations (the latter not necessarily mentioned by the authors)?

4. Analysis & Performance: Take some time to look at the last page of the “What is Musical Rhythm” handout I distributed in class on Thursday, August 28. Follow the instructions as best as you can. We will re-visit this in class on Tuesday.

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