Talks for the University of British Columbia School of Music

Vancouver, British Columbia

It is no secret that music has the power to make us feel a vast array of emotions. Researchers have shown that by altering pitch height, timing and, modality (major/minor) they can change the emotional message of a melody.  But do these changes capture the full richness of musical emotions as they occur naturally in concert halls and coffee shops?  

Dr. Schutz overviewed recent developments in the MAPLE Lab’s work on musical emotions in a talk titled “Music’s emotion power: Exploring the use of cues for emotion through the music of JS Bach.”  The talk took place at the University of British Columbia School of Music Graduate Colloquium series (room 400B in the School of Music) at 3:30 on Friday, Sept 23rd.

See our music and emotion page for more information about this project.


Dr. Schutz also gave an additional talk titled “Movement and Timing: Exploring the relationship between musical training, rhythm perception, and sensorimotor integration” in a rhythm perception seminar  hosted by Dr. Ève Poudrier.  When listening to music we often tap our feet or bob our head to the beat.  Performers also tend to make gestures more excessive than necessary for sound production.  In his talk he discussed if these actions provide any benefits to listeners and performers.   This talk took place at 2pm on Tue Sept 20th at the School of Music (room 400B).

For more information about this project see our sensorimotor integration page.