Popular music

Music Cognition

My primary research interest focuses on the investigation of musical features which allow listeners to define and differentiate styles, specifically addressing the intersection of music cognition and popular music. My dissertation, “Harmonic Expectation in Twelve-Bar Blues Progressions”, investigated, by way of three experimental studies, the degree of intersection between expectations of harmony in common-practice and popular music. I’m currently undergoing two projects that take this work as a point of departure.