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Scientific Salon: A Soiree of Science and song

May 3rd, 2017

This event celebrated the fusion of scientific inquiry with music as it has manifested in the rapid pace of MMS research progress at Vanderbilt.

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MMS Annual Symposium: The Science of Song

September, 2016

The Program for Music, Mind and Society at Vanderbilt—a cross-disciplinary effort funded by the university’s Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) initiative—present its annual symposium, “The Science of Song,” Sept. 12 from 2 to 8 p.m. in Ingram Hall of the Blair School of Music. The symposium’s keynote talk was given by cognitive neuropsychologist Isabelle Peretz, professor of psychology at the University of Montreal.  PRESS






Pace, Pitch and Rhythm – the Essentials to Conducting Music Treatment Research

April, 2016

Interested researchers, students, and clinicians attended our inaugural Treatment Designs for Music Research Workshop. The workshop brought together treatment researchers from musical and non-musical fields to enhance the methodology, design, and funding applications for incorporating music in treatment studies for language, social, cognitive, emotional, and motor outcomes.

Featured speakers included: Dr. Stephen Camarata, Dr. Blythe Corbett, Pablo Juarez, and Dr. Paul Yoder


SMPC 2015

August, 2015

The conference is an opportunity for members of the research community to present new research in the area of music cognition. Sessions will feature a broad range of disciplines, including (but not limited) to Psychology, Neuroscience, Medicine, Education, Engineering, and Musicology. Visit the SMPC website to learn more about the Society’s activities and membership.


Melding Music and the Mind in Music City

June, 2014

An Exposition to Explore Novel Connections between Neuroscience, Psychology and Music

This cross-disciplinary event will mark the kick off of Vanderbiltʼs Music and the Brain Symposium (featuring Dr. Daniel Levitin and musician Ben Folds) and will be open to the public. The event brings Vanderbilt researchers engaged in music, mind, and brain studies and Vanderbilt community organizations utilizing music to further health, education, and science initiatives together with the broader community in Music City.




In spring 2017, we hear from world renowned scientists, industry leaders, advocates and others each week during our public lecture series. For questions or more information, please contact us , or, WATCH some of the presentations given during the Spring 2016 seminar series.

Music research design clinics are an informal gathering of people with shared interests in music cognition research. Our 2016-2017 schedule is not yet finalized. For questions or more information, please contact us.

Join the community of researchers affiliated with The Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt as they actively share their research at various conferences around the country. We will share conference details routinely.