Mariusz Kozak

Associate Professor of Music, Music Theory
Music Theory Area Chair (2023–24)
Director of Cognitive Science (2023–24)
Director of Undergraduate Music Theory (2023–24)
Office Address: 
816B Dodge Hall
Office Hours: 
Mondays and Tuesdays 12–1pm

Mariusz Kozak is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Cognitive Science at Columbia University. 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 research centers on the relationship between music, cognition, and the body. 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 the Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Spectrum, and Music Theory Online, among others. In 2020 he was one of the featured speakers at the Plenary Session of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory. In 2022 his article "Feeling Meter: Kinesthetic Knowledge and the Case of Progressive Metal" (Journal of Music Theory) won the Society for Music Theory Popular Music Interest Group Outstanding Publication Award. He is currently writing a book on the cultural and intellectual history of the cognitive science of music.

Kozak received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2012. Prior to coming to Columbia University in 2013 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