Why do we like the music we like? What makes a musician? According to Siu-Lan Tan, “the field of psychology of music is concerned with the processes by which people perceive, respond to, and create music, and how they integrate it into their lives.” We will explore the physical properties of sound and the perception and cognition of melody, rhythm, and musical structure. We will also consider the question of meaning in music, and the social, emotional, and universal significance of music. How musical are nonhuman animals? Do cultures perform music (and think about performance) differently? Are there ‘musical universals’? What really is music? This course fulfills the FYS general education requirement.