Elizabeth Monzingo is interested in the intersection between working memory, aural skills and pedagogy. She is a doctoral student in music theory and teaches both music theory and aural skills at Ohio State. Her current research focuses on the cognitive strategies that listeners engage when attempting to aurally understand music. In particular, she is interested in how those strategies may relate to listeners' previous musical experiences. Among her more ambitious goals is encouraging a reconsideration of traditional aural skills instruction in favor of centering learning on students’ pre-existing abilities and career goals. Her conference talk entitled “Hidden Aural Skills: Implicit Learning through Experience” was awarded an Outstanding Student Presentation award at the 2019 Pedagogy into Practice conference.
Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Music in Music Composition, and Master of Music in Music Theory at the University of Oklahoma, where she also taught aural skills courses. She has also worked as a research assistant in the Working Memory and Language Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska; she is currently a member of the Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory as well as the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences at Ohio State. She spent a year at Louisiana State University, where she served as a lab manager in the Music Cognition and Computation Lab and also taught aural skills.
When Elizabeth is not teaching or researching, she enjoys kickboxing, reading epic fantasy novels, and managing her dog’s Instagram.