Music Cognition lectures at the Honors Music Institute

State College, PA

Honors Music InstituteCome learn about music cognition at the Penn State Honors Music Institute! These plain language summaries of hot areas within music cognition will take place from 2:40-3:20 in Esber Hall on July 18, 19th, & 20th.  Oriented towards our exceptional high school musicians, they are also open to the Penn State Community at large and are titled:


  • Monday July 18th: Seeing Music?  What performing musicians need to know about vision and perception
  • Tuesday July 19th: Communicating emotion in music: A complex dialogue between composers, performers, and audiences
  • Wednesday July 20th: How “feeling the beat” can help improve musical rhythm

Kyle Gauder awarded NSERC USRA for knowledge mobilization initiative

kyle gauder portraitThe lab’s interdisciplinary projects hold practical implications for diverse audiences.  Whether you are a Bach buff, percussion pundit, or cognition connoisseur, the work being done by our students can help inform your work. 

Kyle Gauder received a 2016 NSERC-USRA (University Student Research Award) for a project aimed at creating online tools for knowledge translation. As the lab’s previous technical assistant, he will draw upon his background in both psychology and computing to develop new tools for communicating important lab findings.  One project offers a dynamic, interactive visualization tool offering insight into JS Bach’s landmark composition Well Tempered Clavier (Book 1), debuted at the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in San Francisco.  Bach’s composition containing 24 Preludes and 24 Fugues in all major and minor keys inspired similarly structured works by Frédéric Chopin (Op 28), Alexander Scriabin (Op 11), Dmitri Shostakovich (Op. 87), Dmitry Kabalevsky (Op 38). Kyle’s tool will help students, researchers, and enthusiasts of J.S. Bach explore different interpretations of these historically significant pieces – cataloged as BWV 846-869.

Others tools will visualize key data sets from particular projects to aid in communicating findings from our studies to the university community and beyond.  

Digitizing Bach presentation at the International Musicological Society (IMS) 2015 conference

OG-iaml-imsDr. Schutz discussed a new project archiving different interpretations of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier at the IMS conference, co-hosted by the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML) society. This presentation included a debut of a new tool for interacting with a database of information related to different editions and interpretations of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier (Book 1) as part of an ongoing project on music and emotion.  The conference took place at the Julliard School in NYC, from June 21-26, 2015.