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Music Moves: Why Does Music Make You Move?

University of Oslo via FutureLearn


Learn about why and how music makes you move.

Music is movement. A bold statement, but one that we will explore together in this free online course.

Together we will study music through different types of body movement. This includes everything from the sound-producing keyboard actions of a pianist to the energetic dance moves in a club.

You will learn about the theoretical foundations for what we call embodied music cognition and why body movement is crucial for how we experience the emotional moods in music. We will also explore different research methods used at universities and conservatories. These include advanced motion capture systems and sound analysis methods.

You will be guided by a group of music researchers from the University of Oslo, with musical examples from four professional musicians. The course is rich in high-quality text, images, video, audio and interactive elements.

Join us to learn more about terms such as entrainment and musical metaphors, and why it is difficult to sit still when you experience a good groove.

This course is open to everyone. No technical knowledge of music or dance is required.

No specific tools necessary.

Taught by

Hans T. Zeiner-Henriksen, Kristian Nymoen and Alexander Refsum Jensenius


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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is about topics related to movement and its relation to music. From gentle movement of the audience of a classical concert, to dance music. From the physics of music and movement, to psychology, and how they are related metaphorically in a manner that if I remember correctly comes from birth, or at least very young age. From how movement is measured, and how it is noted, to what happens in the brain. I took this course quiet a long time ago, but I really enjoyed it.
  • Martyn Dunne completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Found this course thought provoking and inspiring. The quality of the communication between students and the feedback from the course leaders was very good.
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