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Justin London

Justin London

Professor of Music, Carleton College, Minnesota

Former Visiting Fellow (Fullbright), Wolfson College

CMS Research Affiliate


Justin London’s CMS related areas of research are in tempo perception, the effect of tempo on rhythmic structure, and musical virtuosity. He is Professor of Music at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, USA. Trained as a classical guitarist, he holds the Ph.D. in Music History and Theory from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied with Leonard Meyer. He has written articles and reviews on a wide range of subjects, from humor in Haydn to the problems of sensorimotor synchronization with complex rhythms. His book Hearing in Time (Oxford University Press, 2004, 2nd edition 2012) is a cross-cultural exploration of the perception and cognition of musical meter. In 2005-2006 he was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Music and Science of Cambridge University under the auspices of a UK Fulbright Foundation grant. He has given many talks and symposia, including the Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory (New York, 2005), the International Orpheus Academy for Music & Theory (Ghent, Belgium, 2007), and the Interdisciplinary College (IK) in cognitive science (Günne, Germany, 2009 & 2010; co-chair 2012). He served as President of the Society for Music Theory in 2007-2009. He is also the guitarist and lead vocalist of the “New Moon Trio,” playing monthly at the Contented Cow pub in Northfield, Minnesota.

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