The annual Young Innovator Award sponsored by Petro-Canada honours the achievements of an “outstanding faculty innovator”, providing funds to encourage research involving undergraduate students. Dr. Schutz was selected for this honour, and will use the $25,000 award to explore the role of musical training and expertise in music perception.
Specifically, this award will fund visits to musical conventions and conferences to run several of the lab’s experiments on different expert populations, using the mobile testing equipment funded by the lab’s Canadian Foundation for Innovation infrastructure award. Our first trip will be to PASIC 2014 in Indianapolis, IN to test percussionists on both rhythm and emotion tasks. The lab will also staff a vibrant “research engagement” area discussing the application of music cognition to music performance and education. The overall goal of this project is to better understand effects of instrument-specific training on music perception, as well as to promote public interest in music cognition amongst the general public.