Music and Emotion
Music and emotion are intertwined.
One of the most common questions musicians ask is, “How do I express feelings through music?”
Almost everyone experiences music in at least a somewhat emotional way. This may be by being the recipient of emotions that music expresses or by experiencing an emotion internally when listening to music.
But how does this happen? And why does this happen?
If you’re asking these questions, you’ve come to the right place.
In the full course on Music and Emotion, you’ll learn how specific elements of music contribute to expressing emotions. These include melody, harmony, and rhythm and meter, but of course there’s more to learn.
A big part of why we seem to feel emotions with music is as a form of intimate communication and connection. Experiencing emotion while making and listening to music may have been a survival trait that has kept us connected deeply.
When we’re connected as a group, we’re safer.
Even when you’re alone, music connects you to others.
Breakup songs, songs of hope, songs to give you a little pep in your step: they all remind you that someone else has felt the same way you do now. Music helps you through the bad times by validating the emotions you feel, and it accompanies you in the good times by moving with you.
It’s why a lot of musicians started playing or singing.
It’s why I did.
And I’m sure it’s at least part of why you love music too, if you’re here.
Maybe you’re not a formal instrumentalist or a vocalist. Maybe you have no desire to actually make music. But as long as you love music and are curious about how and why music expresses emotion so deeply, you’ve come to the right place.
In the Music and Emotion Course, You’ll Learn
- Specific elements that contribute to expressing emotion in music
- How the way we express emotion vocally and in our bodies relates to emotion in music
- To create narratives or atmospheres of specific emotions in music
- How to categorize emotions into 4 categories that relates to the way they’re expressed
- What specific composers, songwriters, and producers do in their music to express emotion
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How You’ll Learn About Music and Emotion
In the Music and Emotion Course, you’ll start by learning about emotional expression in everyday life, starting with how you can categorize emotions across 2 dimensions: pleasantness and activity level.
This emotion wheel is a helpful illustration for thinking of emotions based on the way we express and feel in our bodies when we experience them.
The full Music and Emotion course is divided into 4 units: one for each quadrant:
- Active, Pleasant: Happy, Joyful, Blissful, etc.
- Passive, Unpleasant: Sad, Bored, Gloomy, etc.
- Active, Unpleasant: Angry, Frustrated, Annoyed, etc.
- Passive, Pleasant: Calm, Peaceful, Serene
In each unit, you’ll explore how the basic elements of melody, harmony, and rhythm and meter typically express emotion by drawing from studies of linguistics and embodied cognition and using these as an analogy for how emotions act in a musical landscape.
Although you don’t have to make your own music in Music and Emotion, you’ll receive helpful prompts and templates to create your own emotional music. There’s also a community group to share and collaborate with others taking the course with you!
In this single lesson, you’ll get an overview of what these look like in real musical examples and what specific elements of music contribute to expressing these emotions!
What levels of musician is Music and Emotion for?
To ensure you can keep up with the material, you’ll need to be comfortable reading sheet music and building chords. If this isn’t you, you’ll likely still get a lot out of the course.
The only other pre-requisite is a massive curiosity and desire to learn more about human beings interact with music and emotions.
This course is meant for you if you’ve always wondered why some music gives you chills, makes you cry, or motivates you to stand up and keep going.
What’s Inside the Music and Emotion?
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In addition to these in-depth lessons, you also get:
- Access to an exclusive community
- Personalized feedback and help
- Discussion boards
- Composing prompts and templates
- Worksheets and other downloadables that you can use for reference later
The Price of Music and Emotion
A goal for Girl in Blue Music is to make music education resources more accessible to everyone. That means choosing prices that are options for students but still allow these courses to support the cost of running the platform.
For this Music and Emotion course to be worth your time and mine, the price is set at $147 for lifetime access to the course, the community, the worksheets, and everything else associated with the course.
This single lesson is $23 for an hour of explanations, framework, and emotional content
And remember, your first purchase is 15% off when you sign up for the email list!
About Your Instructor
Hi, I’m Amy!
I’m a PhD studying Music Theory & Cognition at Northwestern University in Chicago.
I love teaching, which is why you’ll find me teaching music theory on social media (@girlinbluemusic).
Music is something I believe everyone should have the chance to learn, so I’m doing everything I can to support affordable music education around the world.
In addition to all of this, I also love exploring Chicago, boxing, rock climbing, and just enjoying life. That’s an important part of being a musician too!
Even if you don’t purchase anything from me, I hope you got at least one big takeaway from this platform: the music you want to make is already in you.
You just need some help getting it out of you!
No matter what you choose to do, I’m here to help you become the best musician you can be!
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My hope is that you’ll feel that you got the course for a steal instead! That it’s worth thousands of dollars, and somehow you were fortunate to stumble upon it. That’s my goal!
What are you waiting for?
Start learning and making music that expresses you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Music and Emotion has 4 units with 5 lessons in each. Each lesson is around 25–30 minutes long.
If you complete a lesson a day, you’ll finish in about a month. You could likely do more than a lesson a day, but I recommend you take your time with it.
If you’re joining the course when it drops, each lesson will be dripped out, about 1–2 lessons a week. That’s a good pace to keep up that will give you time to make music and find examples of specific emotions in your favorite music. It’ll also give you time to write your own music to share with the course group for feedback, if that’s something you’re interested in!
Learning isn’t always linear: sometimes we get stuck. To get unstuck, you’ll need a helping hand. That’s why you’ve got a whole community of people learning alongside as well as personalized help from me. No need for fear here!
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