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FJM3201 lnterdisciplinary perspectives on rhythm 7.5 credits

This course will approach the concept of rhythm from a broad perspective. The course provides students with an overview of research related to rhythm. It is held in seminars that start from focusing on studies from specific fields, such as music cognition, music information retrieval, music psychology, linguistics, human computer interaction, music theory, and ethnomusicology. In the second part of each seminar, interdisciplinary possibilities will be discussed in the group that combine and extend studies in individual fields.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FJM3201 (Autumn 2018–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course's main content will be a selection of research approaches to rhythm. The selection is done by the students together with the course coordinator, depending on the interests of the students. It will be based on a selection of book chapters from the course literature listed below, and on a selection of state-of-the-art publications from the selected research areas.

Intended learning outcomes

The goals of the course are:

  • to gain relevant knowledge of the state-of-the-art in analysis of rhythm.
  • to obtain a broad overview of research perspectives on rhythm from a number of research disciplines.
  • to use the gained knowledge for identifying relevant research questions that may drive research in rhythm in interdisciplinary contexts.

Course disposition

The course consists of the following learning activities:

  • Seminar sessions with group discussions.
  • Project based learning.
  • Research paper presentations.
  • Home-work as preparation for the seminars, which consists of reading assigned papers and providing a short summary of these readings.

The course is worth 7.5hp and classified as advanced graduate course in the Mediated Communication doctoral program.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course can be taken by PhD students of all research disciplines.

Recommended prerequisites

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Selection of scientific publications, depending on chosen seminars.

Selected chapters from the books: 

  • Michael H. Thaut. Rhythm, music, and the brain: scientific foundations and clinical applications. Routledge, 2008
  • Justin London. Hearing in time. Oxford University Press, 2012
  • Diana Deutsch. Psychology of Music. Academic Press, 2013

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • EXA1 - Examination assignment, 7.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Examination includes a short research project that has to be documented in a written report and an oral presentation.

Other requirements for final grade

  • 20 minute oral presentation during one seminar.
  • 80% of seminar preparations (home work).
  • 80% of participation in the seminars.
  • Approved project report.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FJM3201

Offered by

EECS/Media Technology and Interaction Design

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate courses at EECS/Media Technology and Interaction Design