Aimee Battcock, Anna Siminoski, and alumnus Kyle Gauder will be presenting posters at the 12th Annual NeuroMusic Conference hosted by The McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind. Our colleagues at the SMART Lab will also debut a new collaborative project.
Anna’s poster explores how ancillary gestures affect ensemble cohesion and the portrayal of expressivity in musicians. Her stimuli consist of excerpts from Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor. Aimee will be presenting her poster on how pitch, modality, and timing cues contribute to the perception of emotional expressivity in music.
Kyle will debut a new knowledge mobilization tool designed during his NSERC USRA award. This tool visualizes the rhythmic evolution of Steve Reich’s classic piece Drumming as performed by renowned NEXUS percussionists Russell Hartenberger and Bob Becker.
Additionally, Fran Copelli, Paolo Ammirante, and Frank A. Russo (Ryerson) will also discuss a new collaboration exploring the neural effects of practice in expert percussionists. This will be the first presentation of a project begin during Dr. Schutz’s work as a Visiting Professor at Ryerson while on sabbatical during 2015-16.
The conference will be held on November 19th from 9:00 am – 10:00 pm at the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario. This year’s theme is “The Therapeutic Nature of Music Across the Lifespan” and several prominent Music Cognition researchers will be giving talks to related to this topic throughout the day. To find out more information about this conference, click here.