Music Department Events

Mar 11

Justin London, Mellon Professorship Lecture

“Just What *IS* Musical Tempo?”

Monday, March 11th, 2019
4:30 – 5:30 pm / Applebaum Recital Hall
Justin London Mellon Professorship Lecture Poster

Justin London: Mellon Endowed ChairThe Dean of the College and the Music Department present the Mellon Professorship Lecture: “Just What *IS* Musical Tempo?” by Justin London, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music, Cognitive Science, and the Humanities.

When we listen to music, within just one or two seconds we know whether the music is fast, moderate, or slow.  Yet how we do this is neither simple or straightforward, as our sense of tempo comes from a mixture of auditory, visual, and kinesthetic cues, all of which combine to produce a sense of musical speed and motion.  A range of examples which illustrate the complex nature of tempo perception will be presented, along with a broader reflection on how interdisciplinary research can shed light on basic questions in both science and art.

Sponsored by Music, Dean of the College, Mellon Professorship Lecture. Contact: Holly Streekstra, x4475