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Zachary Lookenbill

Zachary Lookenbill

Zachary Lookenbill

Graduate Associate


Areas of Expertise

  • Theory
  • Rhythm and meter
  • Marching arts
  • Percussion
  • Music cognition


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

Zachary is a PhD candidate and teaching associate in music theory at Ohio State. His academic interests span multiple fields and methodologies, engaging with music theory and analysis, psychology and cognitive science, and scholarship of teaching and learning. Zachary has studied psychological aspects of rhythm and meter, such as the perception of syncopation, tempo and rhythmic complexity. He also has engaged in analysis of percussion music, including pop-rock drumming and marching percussion. Zachary’s dissertation examines the drumline in North American drum corps, using theoretical, psychological and ethnographic methods to better understand the complex rhythms of this musical style. Zachary has presented his research at national and international conferences including the Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Midwest, the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, and the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. Beyond his research and teaching responsibilities, Zachary is committed to supporting students and colleagues through his committee service with the Graduate Music Student Association at Ohio State and the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.


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