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In this course we aim to get you thinking about why certain songs feel good to you and how music makes you feel emotions.

In this course we aim to get you thinking about why certain songs feel good to you and how music makes you feel emotions.


  • What is it that makes me love a song?
  • Why do some songs feel like they are written just for me?

For us, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a good example of such a song to use for this course, because it has a cross-generational appeal. It’s also a bit unusual as a pop song, which makes some of the things it does more obvious – but of course, the principles here apply to lots of songs.

Meet Dr Sandra Garrido

Hi, I’m the lead educator and am excited at having the opportunity to support and guide you through this course.

I have a background in psychology and am a musician as well, so I’ve always been fascinated with the effect music has on our brains, our emotions and our behaviour.

I did my PhD in music psychology in 2012 and since then have been teaching this subject in universities as well as conducting research about the connection between music and mental health.

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Meet Dr Tim Byron

Hi, I created this course and am proud to say that it has been accepted very well. In my research I look at how the mind processes music. During this short course you will come to understand something about that too, while avoiding getting too deep into musical notation, or detailed music theory.

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Music Psychology: Why Does "Bohemian Rhapsody" Feel so Good?

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