EVANSTON -- The School of Music presents the day long symposium, Meyerfest:  A 50th Anniversary Celebration of Leonard B. Meyer’s  “Emotion and Meaning in Music” on Friday, October 20, in Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Meyer’s book, a landmark in the field of music cognition, represented in 1956 a bold attempt to connect music theory and music aesthetics with psychology and neuroscience. It has since become an all-time best seller among academic books on music.

Conceived to examine the impact of Meyer’s book and to share with non-specialists the current research in music cognition, the Meyerfest symposium features seven of the world's foremost scholars in music cognition, neuroscience, psychology, and music theory. They will present their research on music listening, development, music and language, and the neuroscience of music.

The symposium is hosted by Northwestern University’s School of Music, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Cognitive Science Program, and Alumnae of Northwestern University. It is free of charge and open to the public.


Meyerfest: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of Leonard B. Meyer's "Emotion and Meaning in Music"

Friday, October 20 in Lutkin Hall

9:00 - 9:05 a.m. 

Lawrence B. Dumas, Provost

9:05 - 9:10 a.m. 

Greetings from Leonard B. Meyer
Erica Meyer

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. 

“Music, Pattern, and Gestalt Psychology”
W. Jay Dowling, University of Texas – Dallas

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. 

“Emotion and Understanding in Music”
David Huron, The Ohio State University

11:50 a.m .- 12:50 p.m. 

“Music and Language”
Jenny Saffran, University of Wisconsin – Madison

2:10 - 3:10 p.m. 

“The Developmental Neuroscience of Music”
Laurel Trainor, McMaster University

3:15 - 4:15 p.m. 

“Music, Emotion, and the Brain”
Isabelle Peretz, University of Montreal

4:45 - 5:45 p.m. 

“Affect, Structure, and Musical Analysis”
Eugene Narmour, University of Pennsylvania

5:45 - 6:00 p.m.


Closing Remarks
Richard Ashley, Northwestern University

  • Richard Ashley