Future Directions of Music Cognition Conference


Reschedule date TBD

Update from conference organizers

(July 13, 2020)

The Ohio State University remains under a state of emergency due to the impacts of COVID-19. Many events have been canceled, rescheduled or reformatted.

The safety of our community is our top priority. We will continue to update our Events Calendar as more information becomes available.

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.


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