Music and Mathematics

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Music and Math
Fall 2024
Taught By: Clara Latham and Jennifer Wilson
Section: A

CRN: 17336

Credits: 4

This course looks at the interrelationships between mathematics and music from analytical, historical, and social perspectives. We will explore themes common to both disciplines such as pattern, repetition, and harmony. We will also discuss how mathematics can be used to understand how we experience sound through pitch, timbre, tuning etc. Music topics covered will include scales (diatonic and chromatic), intervals, rhythm, meter, form, melody, chords, progressions, temperament (equal, mean tone, Pythagorean), just intonation, overtones, timbre, and formants. Mathematical concepts covered will include number systems and counting, modular arithmetic, symmetry, and wave motion and harmonic analysis. Seminars will involve readings, discussions, analysis, and creative projects. No specific math or music background necessary although one previous class in either mathematics or music is recommended.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (ART)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:00pm EDT 7/12/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 701
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/9/2024