Zachary Lookenbill

Zachary Lookenbill

Zachary Lookenbill

Graduate Associate

Areas of Expertise

  • Music Theory
  • Music Cognition
  • Pedagogy


  • BM, Music Theory and Composition, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • MM, Music Theory, Michigan State University

Zachary is a doctoral student and teaching assistant in music theory, as well as a member of the Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Lab at Ohio State. Zachary’s academic interests are music theory pedagogy, music analysis and music cognition, as well as the intersection of these areas. Recently, he has explored methods for rhythm and meter analysis and perception, anti-racist and diverse music theory, and drumline and drum corps music. Zachary’s work in music cognition includes polyrhythm perception, rhythmic complexity and syncopation, and tempo preference; he has presented at several national and international conferences including Future Directions of Music Cognition, International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, and Rhythm Production and Perception Workshop. Before coming to Ohio State, Zachary studied with Leigh VanHandel and Devin McAuley in the Timing, Attention and Perception Lab at Michigan State University. He is currently developing a project on tempo perception using an iterative learning paradigm with Daniel Shanahan. Outside of music academia, Zach enjoys cooking, running, listening to all kinds of music, and playing with his cat, Charlotte.

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