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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.
Hello, and welcome to the course. My name is Dr. Tim Byron. And I teach the course Music, Mind, and Brain at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. My background is as a research psychologist looking at how the mind processes music. In this course, focusing on the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, we’re going to try and answer some of the big questions about music from a psychological angle– things like, why does this song feel so good to me? And why do vibrations in the air– sound, in other words– turn into emotions? To get you thinking about this in week 1, we’re going to look at how our thoughts play a role in what we feel in a more general sense.
We’re also going to give you some background on the information your brain is looking for when you listen to music without you necessarily being consciously aware of it. In week 2, we’re going to build from what we’ve learned in week 1 and start thinking about how these principles affect how you listen to music, including, of course, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” So let’s get to it.
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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