Mariusz Kozak

Associate Professor of Music, Music Theory
On leave (2020–21)
Office Address: 
816B Dodge Hall
Office Hours: 
By appointment

Mariusz Kozak joined Columbia University in 2013. His research centers on the relationship between music, cognition, and the body. Three broad questions inform his work: How does the body contribute to the construction of meaning in music? What is the cognitive basis of musical experience? And how do bodies interact with each other when performing or listening to music? Kozak bridges experimental approaches from embodied cognition with phenomenology and music analysis, in particular using motion-capture technology to study the movements of performers and listeners. His articles have appeared in Music Theory Spectrum and Music Theory Online, among others. He is the author of Enacting Musical Time: The Bodily Experience of New Music (Oxford University Press), in which he examines how listeners' understanding and experience of musical time are shaped by bodily actions and gestures. His second monograph, titled The Musical Computer: Music, Body, and Brain, focuses on the role of computation in the cognitive science of music.

Kozak received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2012. Prior to coming to Columbia University he was a postdoctoral scholar at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
As a violinist, Kozak has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Santa Fe Symphony. After a stint with a Chicago-based country band, he continues to fiddle around in his spare time.
Degrees from Other Institutions: 
Music Theory and History
University of Chicago
Music Theory
University of New Mexico
Violin Performance and Literature
Eastman School of Music
Violin Performance
University of New Mexico