Courtney N. Reed

Sensorimotor Interaction Group
Max Planck Institute for Informatics @ Saarland Informatics Campus &
Augmented Instruments Lab
Centre for Digital Music @ Queen Mary University of London

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I am a PhD candidate working with the Augmented Instruments Lab at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London.

My work lies in the intersection of music, data science, and cognitive science, exploring how people interact with music in various forms. Currently, I am exploring the cognitive to physiological pathways employed by vocalists during performance, particularly the ways in which we learn to sing and how singers use mental musical imagery learned in rehearsal to relate to their bodies and adapt in performance. As a vocalist myself, I aim to understand how expressive technique and technical knowledge can be measured during singing to give performers more artistic control or assist singers who have lost some of their vocal function.


  • Music cognition
  • Singing voice
  • Voice physiology
  • Music education
  • Musical expression
  • Expressive interfaces
  • Embodied cognition
  • Biosignals


MSc Computer Science
Queen Mary University of London, 2018

BMus Electronic Production & Design
Berklee College of Music, 2016

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