Future Directions of Music Cognition Conference

MASCATSSunday, May 10 – Thursday, May 14, 2020

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Pomerene Hall  •  1760 Neil Ave.

Future Directions of Music Cognition is a week-long conference/workshop hybrid that aims to generate discussion about methodologies and potential avenues of research across disciplines that study music, including music theory, psychology, neuroscience, engineering, linguistics, speech and hearing science, and more. The conference aims to connect music and science researchers from undergraduates through faculty. Each day will be centered around a central music and science topic. The five topics are Corpus Studies, Emotion, Rhythm and Meter, Timbre, and Pedagogy.
“Future Directions” is part of the Music & Science Colloquium and Teaching Series (MASCATS), a symposium series at The Ohio State University led by Lindsay Warrenburg, Lindsey Reymore and Daniel Shanahan.


  • Faculty, industry, others — $100
  • Undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs — no fee

Conference Overview

Daily activities include:

  • Keynote presentation
  • Methodology workshop
  • Presentations and posters
  • Group projects

     Coffee and snacks will be provided during the day; lunch/dinner are on your own.

Keynote presentation — A leader in the field will deliver a presentation about each day’s central topic. The presentations will focus on the future directions of study for the specified theme. The keynote topics and speakers include:

  • Corpus Studies — Daniel Shanahan
  • Emotion — Jonna Vuoskoski
  • Pedagogy — Leigh VanHandel
  • Rhythm and Meter — Justin London
  • Timbre — Stephen McAdams

Methodology workshop — The keynote speakers will host a discussion about the best ways to conduct research in their area of expertise. The speakers will talk about appropriate tools, surveys, experimental designs, and technologies for researchers in 2020 and in the future.
Presentations and posters — Conference attendees are invited to submit proposals for papers. Although the conference is centered on five topics, we will consider presentations and posters from any area of music cognition.
Group projects — There will also be the option of participating in a group project. The conference attendees who wish to participate in group projects will work with the keynote speaker and other experts in order to plan, execute and analyze a study related to the five central topics of the conference. The hope is to facilitate collaboration among attendees and with the keynote speakers. Group members will likely include both researchers with expertise in the project topic and researchers who are less familiar with the project topic, but who wish to learn how to conduct such research in the future.


DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Program registration consists of the following:

Step OneOnline registration.

After submitting the online registration, you will immediately receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive it, one of three things has happened:

  • The email address you entered on your form may be incorrect
  • The confirmation email was sent to your SPAM box
  • The online registration was not received by our system

If you do not receive the confirmation email within two hours of submitting registration, contact us for further instructions.


Step TwoPayment (faculty/industry/other). Pay the participation fee online by Wednesday, April 15 according to the instructions contained in your confirmation email. You will receive an email receipt within a few moments of submitting payment.

If you choose to pay with a check or money order (made payable to "The Ohio State University"), mail payment to the School of Music at the address below. You will receive confirmation by email within 7 – 10 business days.

Mail to:

The Ohio State University School of Music
ATTN: Music Cognition Conference Registrar
110 Weigel Hall
1866 College Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210

Visitor Information for Conference Attendees



For questions please email the conference chairs at mascats@osu.edu.