I studied music theory and english literature at the University of Arkansas. While there, I joined the Music Cognition Lab and the Language Processing Lab to see whether tonal melodies—like garden path sentences—can surprise listeners (they can!). I then began my PhD in music theory at McGill University, first as a Tomlinson Fellow, and then as a Quebec Merit Scholar. I spent the majority of my time in the Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory, where I eventually completed a dissertation examining whether listeners learn and remember the recurrent closing patterns (called cadences) that characterize classical music (they do!). I also collaborated on a number of other research projects related to psychophysiology, popular music analysis, and sensorimotor synchronization.
In 2016, I began a post-doctoral research position in the Department of Computational Perception at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. As a member of the Con Espressione project, I investigated whether characteristics of expressive performance can improve tasks related to pattern discovery and chord identification in corpus research. I am now continuing these research projects as an Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts at Texas Tech University. When not working, I listen to electronic music, watch soccer, and spend as much time as possible with the woman pictured below!