AboutI teach music theory at New York University Steinhardt. I currently serve as program director for the music theory and history program. My primary research area is multisensory perception and music. I’m interested in how different types of sensory information (sight, touch, smell, and taste) influence the way we hear sound, and how sound influences our perception of other senses. I explore ways of applying research in cognitive neuroscience and psychology to music analysis, composition, performance, pedagogy, and music technology.
I earned my Ph.D. in Music Theory at the University at Buffalo SUNY in 2018. My dissertation, “Cross-Sensory Perception in Music and Visual Media: A Neuro-Cognitive Approach to Cross-Domain Mapping in Multimedia,” received the distinguished dissertation award. A recent chapter, “Sound-Induced Visual Illusion in Film,” was published in Music in Action Film: Sounds Like Action! (ed. Buhler & Durrand).
EducationPh. D. Historical Musicology & Music Theory, University at Buffalo SUNY (June 2018)
M.M. Music Theory, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (August 2008)
B.M. Music Performance, Concordia College Moorhead (May 2005)
Publications“A Neurocognitive Approach to Sound-Induced Visual Illusion in Film” (Book Chapter) in Music and Sound in Action Film: Sounds Like Action!, edited by Jim Buhler & Mark Durrand (Routledge Music), Forthcoming.
“Cross-Sensory Perception in Music and Visual Media: A Neuro-Cognitive Approach to Cross-Domain Mapping in Multimedia,” PhD Dissertation, University at Buffalo SUNY, 2018.