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Name: Sound Reasoning
ID: col10214
Language: English (en)
Summary: “Sound Reasoning” is a web-based, introductory music appreciation course. It offers a new approach to music appreciation for adults, focusing on style-independent concepts. While the course concentrates primarily on Western classical and modern music, the concepts that are introduced apply to music of any style or era. The goal of “Sound Reasoning” is to equip you with questions that you may ask of any piece of music, thereby creating a richer and more comprehensive understanding of music both familiar and unfamiliar. Here are some additional features of the course. 1) ”Sound Reasoning” is completely listening based. No ability to read music is required. 2) The course assumes little or no musical background. A minimum of terminology is invoked. 3) Musical examples are interpolated directly into the text. 4) The course is interactive. A “listening gallery” with exercises follows each module, so that you may practice and refine your listening skills. 5) The modules may be studied in sequence or individually. 6)You may easily print a .pdf of any module.. “Sound Reasoning” is designed as both a stand-alone, self-paced course as well as a supplement to existing university classes. Thanks to Connexions, “Sound Reasoning” is available free of charge twenty-four hours a day in a cross-platform format. “Sound Reasoning” was created thanks to an Access to Artistic Excellence Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Innovation Grant from Rice’s Computer and Information Technology Institute. The author wishes to thank Richard Baraniuk, the founder of Connexions; Geneva Henry, Joey King, Katie Cervenka and Elvena Mayo of the Connexions staff; and Jan Odegard and Moshe Vardi of CITI. He wishes to extend his great gratitude to the Connexions technical team with whom he collaborated: Brent Hendricks, Scott di Pasquale, Charlet Reedstrom and Max Starkenburg. He would especially like to thank Elizabeth Gregory and Brian Nelson, who were his primary technical assistants and provided invaluable support. The author welcomes your comments about all aspects of the course, from its contents to its ease-of-use. Please send any correspondence to Associate Professor Anthony Brandt at You must have the latest version of Macromedia's free Flash plugin to play the musical examples. The course works best using Internet Explorer 6 on Microsoft Windows, or Mozilla on any platform.
Collection Subtype: Course
Subject: Arts
Keywords: music, music theory
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: Anthony Brandt (
Copyright Holders: Anthony Brandt (
Maintainers: Anthony Brandt (, Brian Nelson (, Robert McClure (

Latest version: 1.21 (history)
First publication date: Dec 5, 2003 10:23 am US/Central
Last revision to collection: May 31, 2011 10:11 am GMT-5


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Version History

Version: 1.21 May 31, 2011 10:11 am GMT-5 by Anthony Brandt

Version: 1.20 Dec 18, 2010 12:06 pm US/Central by Anthony Brandt

Version: 1.19 Aug 13, 2010 9:02 am GMT-5 by Anthony Brandt

Version: 1.18 Aug 12, 2010 8:42 pm GMT-5 by Anthony Brandt
Added Hearing Harmony

Version: 1.17 May 21, 2010 1:00 pm GMT-5 by Anthony Brandt

Version: 1.16 Dec 3, 2007 4:47 pm US/Central by Raymond Wagner
RSW: published to include tony's re-formatted version of the course summary

Version: 1.15 Sep 27, 2007 9:19 pm GMT-5 by Anthony Brandt
Added Listening Gallery: Building on Identity.

Version: 1.14 Sep 24, 2007 10:38 am GMT-5 by Anthony Brandt
Added Part II: The Language of Transformation

Version: 1.13 Sep 16, 2007 11:01 pm GMT-5 by Anthony Brandt
Added Flash message in meta data course description.

Version: 1.12 Jan 11, 2007 11:54 am US/Central by Elizabeth Gregory
Refreshed module links.

Version: 1.11 Jan 11, 2007 11:14 am US/Central by Elizabeth Gregory
Refreshing module links.

Version: 1.10 Jan 5, 2007 11:28 am US/Central by Elizabeth Gregory
Added a note on Flash.

Version: 1.9 Sep 13, 2006 1:11 pm GMT-5 by Elizabeth Gregory
Added a new module and its corresponding listening gallery.

Version: 1.8 Sep 12, 2006 11:32 am GMT-5 by Elizabeth Gregory
Updated acknowledgements.

Version: 1.7 Sep 11, 2006 11:16 am GMT-5 by Elizabeth Gregory
Moved the placement of the Quick Guide.

Version: 1.6 Sep 7, 2006 4:00 pm GMT-5 by Elizabeth Gregory
Added two new main modules along with their listening galleries; added a summary and a conclusion.

Version: 1.5 Aug 25, 2006 1:04 pm GMT-5 by Elizabeth Gregory
Added a new intro!

Version: 1.4 Aug 8, 2005 9:44 am GMT-5 by Elizabeth Gregory
Added "How Music Makes Sense" and the corresponding listening gallery.

Version: 1.3 Apr 7, 2004 11:31 am GMT-5 by Brent Hendricks
Course composer upgrade

Version: 1.2 Jan 8, 2004 11:26 am US/Central by Adan Galvan
added course description

Version: 1.1 Dec 5, 2003 10:34 am US/Central by Charlet Reedstrom
Composed new course

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