Music, Cognition, and the Brain Initiative
Office: TC 217
I am a music theorist specializing in music cognition. My work principally concerns the science of improvisation. I also work on music and embodied cognition. I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Ian Cross at the Centre for Music and Science. From there, I worked as a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience for 3 years at Columbia University working with Profs. George Lewis, Paul Sajda, and Daphna Shohamy where I learned to use EEG methods to investigate the neuroscience of both music and dance improvisation. I also worked as an adjunct assistant professor in Columbia's music department. I am currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Western University working with Prof. Jonathan De Souza on the Music, Cognition, and the Brain initiative. In addition to my research, I am also a composer. My original musical, "Science! The Musical", was premiered in Cambridge in 2014 and revived in New York City in 2018 (see below for details on the show). I also write pop songs, and music for children's choirs.