What Is It That Makes Music Musical?

Everyone has a favorite song or beloved musical artist. But have you ever asked WHY you respond to music at all? What is it that makes music, well, musical?

That’s the question at the center of the fascinating six-part series “To Be Musical,” from UC San Diego’s Eleanor Roosevelt College. Join professors of music, literature and psychology as they decode the mysteries of music and its effect on our brains, our emotions and our lives. You’ll never tap your toes to your favorite song the same way again.

Browse the episodes at the “To Be Musical” series page or find them all below.

On the Bridge: The Beginnings of Contemporary Percussion Music with Steven Schick


How the West Rejected “Nice” Music A Century Ago with Steven Cassedy

Why Music? with David Borgo


Craft and Tools in Late Beethoven with Aleck Karis


Utterance, Ritual, Expression: Why Singing Makes Us Human with Susan Narucki


Musical Illusions, Perfect Pitch and Other Curiosities with Diana Deutsch

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