David Temperley

David Temperley

DAVID TEMPERLEY is an Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music.On his website he writes: "My primary research area is music cognition. I'm interested in the way humans perceive, process, and mentally represent music, and the possibility of gaining insight into these issues through computational modeling. I'm also interested in the overlap between music cognition and music theory (rhythm and meter, tonality and key, popular music). I have a strong secondary interest in language research: parsing, sentence production / comprehension, and corpus research. I'm also a composer and songwriter."BA (history, with distinction), Swarthmore; MA (composition), Columbia; PhD (music theory), Columbia. Author, The Cognition of Basic Musical Structures (MIT Press, 2001); Music and Probability (MIT Press, 2007).Articles and reviews in Ethnomusicology, Music Perception, Computer Music Journal, Popular Music, Music Theory Online, Current Musicology, Music Theory Spectrum, and Musicae Scientiae. Papers presented for New England Conference of Music Theorists, International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition, annual meetings of the Society for Music Theory, West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, Society for Music Perception and Cognition.Works performed by ensembles and soloists at Spagio New Music Series, University of Illinois, Miller Theater at Columbia University, Roulette, Americas House, Weill Recital Hall, the New School, Columbia School of the Arts Showcase (Columbia University), Barnard College, Ohio State New Music Festival. Accompanist/musical director for dance and theater in NYC (1986-97), including the Martha Graham School, 92nd St. Y, New York University, Barnard College, Bronx Opera, Opera Northeast, Light Opera of Manhattan, Golden Fleece Chamber Theater, Mill Mountain Playhouse (VA), and Millbrook Playhouse (PA).Faculty member, Columbia University (1999-2000), New York University (1997), Ohio State University (1997-99), Eastman (2001-).Bio courtesy of his faculty page.

Dissertation
The perception of harmony and tonality: An algorithmic perspective

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Columbia Degrees: 
PhD, Music Theory
1996