I’m an Assistant Professor at Columbia University. My research focuses on the emergence of musical meaning in contemporary art music, the development and cognitive bases of musical experience, and the phenomenology of bodily interactions in musical behavior. I’m currently working on a monograph, titled Enacting Musical Time, which examines how listeners’ understanding and experience of musical time are shaped by bodily actions and gestures.


PhD, Music Theory and History, University of Chicago (2012) MM, Music Theory, University of New Mexico (2006) MM, Violin Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music (2003) BM, Violin Performance, University of New Mexico (2000)

Other Publications

“Experiencing Structure in Penderecki’s Threnody: Analysis, Ear-Training, and Musical Understanding.” Music Theory Spectrum 38, no. 2 (Fall 2016). “Listeners’ Bodies in Music Analysis: Gestures, Motor Intentionality, and Models.” Music Theory Online 21, no. 3 (September 2015). Kozak, Mariusz, Kristian Nymoen, and Rolf Inge Godøy. “Effects of Spectral Features of Sound on Gesture Type and Timing.” Gesture and Sign Language in Human-Computer Interaction and Embodied Communication, ed. Eleni Efthimiou, Georgios Kouroupetroglou, and Stavroula-Evita Fotinea. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 7206: 69–80 (2012). Review of Intimate Voices: The Twentieth Century String Quartet, ed. Evan Jones In Music Theory Online 18, no. 2 (June 2012).

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