San Antonio, Texas
Through a partnership with the Scholarly Research Committee, we ran testing stations at PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) in 2013 and 2014 as part of a large-scale project exploring the effects of musical training on music perception. Across these years, lab members tested over 150 percussionists, and engaged in an outreach effort to explain the relevance of lab projects for performing musicians, educators, composers, and scholars alike.
We presented some of the preliminary results of these tests at PASIC 2015 to share our insights with the PAS community – many of whom ran in our previous experiments. Through this process we have gained a better understanding of the complex relationship between movement, training, and perception, and we were pleased to share these insights with a musical community well positioned to make practical use of them. The talk took place at 2pm on Thur, Nov 11th in room 217. Click here to read the Percussive Notes “preview article”.
Great minds ranging from Plato to Darwin have posited that music’s power to convey emotion stems in part from its parallels to emotional speech. Matt Poon (lab alum ’12) explored this intriguing issue by working with Dr. Schutz to quantify the use of cues such as pitch height and attack rate in “balanced” corpus of major/minor key pieces – Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Chopin’s Preludes for piano. This article now appears in a special edition of Frontiers in Psychology.
See the full article online and/or a new tool visualizing tempo choices for Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier.
St. Louis, Missouri
Dr. Schutz spoke on a panel at the Empirical Research for Music Theorists workshop, part of the 2015 Society for Music Theory meeting. This included presentations/facilitations by Dr. Leigh Van Handel (Michigan State University), Dr. Daniel Shanahan (Lousiana State University) and Dr. Joshua Albrecht (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor). Aimed to promote new interdisciplinary research approaches, this event was part of our ongoing effort to demonstrate the value of music cognition for enhancing traditional approaches to music research and pedagogy. The workshop was held in St. Louis, Missouri Oct 29th-Nov 1st.
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Dr. Leigh VanHandel
Dr. Dan Shanahan
Dr. Josh Albrecht
Dr. Schutz gave two talks at Western University – the first was as the inaugural speaker on the 2015-16 Graduate Colloquium series titled Moving to Hear: How Musical Training and Movement Affect Our Perception of Rhythm. This survey reviewed a series of recent experiments exploring the complex relationship between musical training, types of body movement (finger vs. stick), and rhythm perception. Click here for an overview of this project.
A second talk for the Brain Mind Institute focused on the surprising role of amplitude envelope in auditory perception. This covered a series of lab experiments on the important role of this under-studied property including audio-visual integration, duration perception, and multi-modal associations. Additionally, it contained a summary of the lab’s ongoing “survey of sounds” project exploring the types of sounds used in auditory research. For more information about amplitude envelope, see here.
Graduate student Lorraine Chuen successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis, titled “Evaluating the influence of audiovisual unity in temporal binding of musical stimuli” and will now graduate with her Masters degree. She will soon be moving to Toronto to work at the MaRS Discovery District as a Studio [Y] Fellow.
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Aimee Battcock gave a talk about the communication of emotion in performances of JS Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier.
Lorraine Chuen previewed her M.Sc. thesis exploring the effects of audiovisual congruency on perceived synchrony of musical events.
Fiona Manning’s latest findings on the role of different effectors (finger vs. stick) in a sensorimotor integration task were presented as a talk.
Dr. Schutz debuted pilot results from a new study exploring dual-tapper synchronization Steve Reich’s Drumming, initiated by acclaimed percussionist Russell Hartenberger (NEXUS/University of Toronto)
After six years of serving as Assistant Professor and establishing the MAPLE Lab, Dr. Schutz has received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. Under his supervision, the lab has grown significantly since it’s establishment in 2009 and houses four graduate students as well as several thesis and a dozen undergraduate student researchers annually. During his research leave he will be a Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he will be working on collaborations with Dr. Frank Russo.
He looks forward to continuing to mentor the next generation of music perception and cognition scholars as they make new discoveries helping to shed light on core issues of importance to musicians, psychologists, and neuroscientists alike. He would like to thank the many students, colleagues, and staff members who have been instrumental in growing the MAPLE lab over the past several years!
Dr. 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.
Perimeter Institute (Waterloo, Ontario)
CBC’s Bob McDonald talks with researchers to answer questions from the show’s listeners. The taping took place at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario on June 4th, and air on June 6th.
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Listen to the full episode here.
Dr. Schutz was an invited speaker at David Huron’s five-day workshop for music scholars: Methods in Empirical Music research. This workshop aimed to develop practical research skills for musicians and music scholars interested in beginning empirical research on music. Dr. Schutz discussed the lab’s research on gestures used by percussionists, highlighting how this shaped his thinking on the importance of music cognition for performing musicians.
David Huron is a Distinguished Professor of Music at the Ohio State University. He has delivered over 300 lectures in 25 countries and published over 130 scholarly papers. He has also been active in training musicians on how to use empirical methods to explore important musical question.
Dominique Beauregard Cazabon presented a poster at the Acoustical Society of America’s spring meeting. The poster was entitled “The effect of amplitude envelope on spatial ventriloquism” and presented results from a pilot study aiming to determine whether amplitude envelope affects the way we integrate audiovisual information in the spatial dimension. This is the first step in a series of experiments aimed at exploring the role of temporal structure in the spatial localization of sounds.
Fiona Manning presented a talk at the University of Waterloo Department of Kinesiology seminar series in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. This talk overviewed sensorimotor integration in rhythm perception, outlining Fiona’s work on enhanced perceptual benefits that are associated with synchronizing movement with external auditory stimuli.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Several members of the MAPLE Lab attended the Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment (LOVE) Conference in Niagara Falls, ON.
- Motor effector’s tapping rate influences movement’s effect on timing perception (Tardif, Manning & Schutz)
- Exploring timing coordination between percussionists in Steve Reich’s iconic Drumming (Schutz & Hartenberger)
- Cueing Emotion: comparing perceived emotion to piano work interpretations (Battcock & Schutz)
Dr. Schutz and David Gerry performed in the School of the Arts Lunchtime Recital Series at Convocation Hall. The program featured a variety of works for flute and percussion, including Homage to Keith Jarrett and Gary Burton (Barbar Kolb), First Flight (Michael Colquhoun), and Adriadne for Flute and Percussion (Lou Harrison). In addition to the duos, Gerry performed two solos: Wake Up! For piccolo and alarm clock (Dehnhard) and Valentine Piece (Gorecki). Schutz also performed two solos including Trilogy: Three movements for solo vibraphone (Huesgen), and Blues for Gilbert (Glentworth).