Current Projects

Imagined Singing: Sensing the Use of Musical Imagery by Vocalists
(2019 -, PhD Research)
Uncovering how vocalists relate to their bodies and turn intention into action. An exploration of vocal practice through body-based sensations and musical imagery use captured through surface electromyography (sEMG).

Metaphor and Teacher Cognition in the Voice Lesson
(2020 – )
Determining how abstract language appears in teaching fundamental vocal techniques and how voice teachers use metaphor to translate the experience of bodily sensations during healthy singing to their students.

Clarity & Consistency in Perceived Rater Emotion
(2019 -)
Characterizing emotion annotations in live music performance, determining inter-rater reliability, and determining foundations of emotional response to music through thematic analysis of listener-informed features.

Previous Work

Tension on Repeat
(2018 – 2019)
Acclimation to tension in musical stimuli through repetition and how adaptations of themes and melodies impact habituation to musical cues and changepoints.

Interactions Between Felt Emotion and Musical Changepoints in Live Music Performance
(2018, MSc Thesis)
Evolution in tension and pleasure in musical signatures over time, reflections on valence-arousal emotion in real-time annotations during live performance.

(2018 – 2019)
Cardiac response to live music performance and how different musical cues can induce rhythmic response in the heart.