NAfME is pleased to announce that Daniel Levitin will present a keynote address at the opening of the 2014 NAfME Music Research & Teacher Education National Conference on April 10, 2014.
He is an award-winning scientist, musician, and record producer. He is the author of the number one best seller This Is Your Brain on Music, which was published in nineteen languages and spent more than one year on the New York Times best seller list. His newest book, The World in Six Songs, topped the bestseller lists in its first week of release.
Levitin earned his B.A. in cognitive psychology and cognitive science at Stanford University, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oregon, researching complex auditory patterns and pattern processing in expert and nonexpert populations.
He completed postdoctoral training at Stanford University Medical School (in neuroimaging) and at UC Berkeley (in cognitive psychology). He has consulted on audio sound source separation for the U.S. Navy, and on audio quality for several rock bands and record labels (including the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan), and served as one of the “Golden Ears” expert listeners in the original Dolby AC3 compression tests. He worked for two years at the Silicon Valley think tank Interval Research Corporation.
He taught at Stanford University in the Department of Computer Science, the Program in Human-Computer Interaction, and the Departments of Psychology, Anthropology, Computer Music, and History of Science.
Currently, he is the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) where he holds additional appointments in Music, Computer Science, Education, and Management.
Plan ahead and save the date! April 10–12, 2014, St. Louis, Missouri.