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CMU Music and Cognition Workshop

Saturday July 11th, 2020
10:00am - 12:45pm  |  online through ZOOM

As practicing Dalcrozians we have a strong intuition that the work we do is valuable, lasting, even profound, and that it gets at kinds of knowing that are not regularly discovered through more traditional music education methods. The Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center hosts the annual Music and Cognition Workshop to consider the ways that we might investigate, test, study, and present research that describes, explains and empirically supports these intuitions. 
We believe that it is evermore critical that we find the ways to describe what we do in terms that can be understood and argued with non-Dalcroze and even non-musician audiences. We see this workshop as a small step in resetting our disposition and rhetoric in this direction. 
Andrew Goldman, PhD is the workshop curator, inviting scholars working at the intersection of music, cognition, and motion to come to Carnegie Mellon to share their research and methods. Our attendees explore and dicuss the burgeoning research in these fields, providing models that may prove useful when considering their own interests and research agendas. We regularly attract a mixed crowd of musicians and non-musicians, Dalcrozians and non-Dalcrozians, and novice and tenured researchers. 

All attendees of the Summer Dalcroze Virtual Short Courses may attend this Saturday workshop at no additional charge.

One-day only fee: $35 USD per person

The CMU Music-Motion-Brain Symposium is underwritten by the Dr. Annabelle Joseph Fund for Music Cognition Research.

Please click HERE to register.

Please also consider registering for the 2020 Summer Dalcroze Virtual Short Courses. This one-day Workshop is included in the registration fee for the short courses; you can find out more and register HERE.


Participants who withdraw from the one-day workshop before July 4, 2020 will receive a full refund. Participants who withdraw on or after July 4, 2020 will not receive a refund.

Andrew Goldman, Ph.D.

Andrew Goldman is a music theorist specializing in music cognition. He completed his PhD in 2015 at the University of Cambridge with Prof. Ian Cross on the cognition of musical improvisation. He is currently a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at Columbia University, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the music department. His current work focuses on developing theories of improvisation that are compatible with explanatory frameworks from cognitive science and neuroscience. He also conducts EEG experiments to test these theories. His work has been published in music theory and music psychology journals. Andrew also co-organizes Columbia’s Embodied Cognition Reading Group and the Comparing Domains of Improvisation discussion group.
Tristan Loria, Ph.D.
Tristan Loria completed his PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Toronto in 2019, where he examined sensory processing during upper-limb reaching. His main research interests include visuomotor control, therapeutic musical instrument playing, and rehabilitation. Tristan’s postdoctoral work in the MaHRC focuses on the use of percussive training for upper-limb rehabilitation following stroke and optimization of motor learning in performance.


10:00am-10:40am Presentation 1: Tristan Loria, Ph.D.

Music and Health: The Role of Rhythmically-based Movement in Rehabilitation, Neuroscience, and Pedagogy
This talk will discuss the various pursuits of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (Faculty of Music, University of Toronto) to answer questions relating to music, neuroscience, and health. The first part of the talk will deal with audio-motor entrainment, and how musical instrument playing can be used therapeutically to treat Parkinson’s Disease. The second portion of the talk will reveal how the movements of expert percussionists differ from their trainee counterparts and offer considerations for musical pedagogy. Overall, the talk will highlight how musical training alters bodily movements and cortical activity.

10:40am-11:00am Discussion of Presentation 1

11:00am-11:15am Break

11:15am-11:55am Presentation 2: Andrew Goldman, Ph.D.

The Cognitive Science of Improvisation and Embodiment
This talk will cover scientific approaches to improvisation and embodiment. How do scientists conduct experimental work on these topics, and what do we learn from those experiments? What are the strengths and potential weaknesses of this approach? How do the findings interface with musical practice and pedagogy?  After providing an overview of the field, Dr. Goldman will share some of his own theoretical and experimental work, including his theory of improvisation as a way of knowing, and a recent neuroscience study showing how improvisers differ from non-improvisers in their perception and cognition of music.

11:55am-12:15pm Discussion of Presentation 2

12:15am-12:45pm General Discussion