PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Coordinator, music education program. Steven M. Demorest teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music methods, philosophy, research methods, and music cognition. His research interests include the assessment and remediation of inaccurate singing, cultural neuroscience of music, music cognition, and sight-singing pedagogy. Demorest's recent publications include contributions to Neurosciences and Music V: Cognitive Stimulation and Rehabilitation, Music Perception: Special Issue on Singing Accuracy, Choral Music Methods and Materials (second edition) with Barbara Brinson and chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Cultural Neuroscience and The Psychology of Music (third edition). His research has been published in journals from the music education, music cognition, and cognitive neuroscience fields. He serves on the editorial boards of Music Perception, Empirical Musicology Review, Reviews of Research in Human Learning and Music, and the International Journal of Research on Choral Singing. He is a member of the executive committees for the Society for Research in Music Education and the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition.

Selected Works/Publications


Cultural distance: A statistical approach to exploring cultural influences on music cognition. in The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Brain: The Neural Basis of Music Perception, Performance, Learning, and Music in Therapy and Medicine, (D. Hodges & M. Thaut, Eds.). Morrison, S.J., Demorest, S.M., and Pearce M. (2018).

Quantifying culture: The cultural distance hypothesis of melodic expectancy. (pp. 183-194) in J. Chiao, S. Lu, R. Seligman, & R. Turner (Eds.) Handbook of Cultural Neuroscience (Vol. 1). New York: Oxford University Press. Demorest, S. M. & Morrison, S. J. (2016).

Choral Music Methods and Materials (2nd Edition), New York: Cengage. Brinson, B. & Demorest, S.M. (2013)

Comparative music cognition: Cross-species and cross-cultural studies, Chapter 16 in D. Deutsch ed. The Psychology of Music (3rd ed.). San Diego: Academic Press, 647-681. Patel, A. & Demorest, S. (2013).


The effect of focused instruction on young children’s singing accuracy. Psychology of Music, 46, 488-499. Demorest, S.M., Nichols, B., and Pfordresher, P. (2018)

Singing ability, musical self-concept, and future music participation. Journal of Research in Music Education, 65, 1-16. Demorest, S.M., Kelley, J., & Pfordresher, P.Q. (2017)

The influence of contextual cues on cultural bias in music memory. Music Perception, 33, 590–600. Demorest, S.M., Morrison, S.J., Nguyen, V. & Bodnar, E. (2016)

Music programs in charter and traditional schools: A comparative study of Chicago elementary schools. Journal of Research in Music Education, 64, 88–107. Kelley, J.F. & Demorest, S.M. (2016)

Singing accuracy development from K-adult: A comparative study. Music Perception, 32, 293-302. Demorest, S.M. & Pfordresher, P. Q. (2015)

Neurological and developmental approaches to poor pitch perception and production. In The Neurosciences and Music V: CognitiveStimulation and Rehabilitation, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Loui, P., Demorest, S.M., Pfordresher, P.Q., & Iyer, J. (2015)


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January 17, 2017

Songs by Heart

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Can't Sing? Keep At It

February 5, 2015

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