I am a music theory PhD candidate at Yale University. My dissertation research investigates listeners’ harmonic expectations of popular music through a computational corpus analysis and EEG experimentation.
I have a masters degree in psychology from the University at Buffalo, where I worked with Dr. Peter Pfordresher in the Auditory Perception and Action Lab. I also have a masters degree in music theory from Bowling Green State University, and a bachelor of music composition from the University of Florida.
My psychology thesis researched metrical influences on the perception of melodic motives. An article documenting the results may be found in Vol. 31 of Music Perception. My music master’s thesis focused on atonal segmentation; that manuscript can be found here.
Other research interests include analysis and cognition of musical form, schemata, segmentation, pedagogical applications of cognitive/psychological research, as well as analysis and cognition of avant-garde, popular, and non-Western musics.
I am also a composer and performer (trombone, gamelan, carillon). Please feel free to browse my site for information about my other musical work.