Future Directions Postponed due to COVID-19

Future Directions Postponed due to COVID-19

Dear Future Directions Participants,

We are writing to provide an update on the current situation with COVID-19. The health and wellbeing of our community is our primary concern, and we have been monitoring the situation, attempting to figure out how best to plan for a conference in May. Most conferences have been canceling through the end of this semester, so it has been unclear what that would mean for a conference held outside of the semester. Unfortunately, we will be postponing Future Directions of Music Cognition until further notice. This is because of a number of factors, including the advice of our funding agency, the closure of the university campus, and the travel restrictions of many (if not most) conference attendees.

At this moment, we are working on rescheduling the conference for some time in August, but this will require a number of adjustments that have yet to be made, including the reconfirmation of speakers and the securing of the venue. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We will be happy to work with you in any way necessary.

Many thanks and all the best,

Future Directions organizers

Confirmation of Acceptance & Student Travel Award Application

Confirmation of Acceptance & Student Travel Award Application

As of Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, there is a form available to accept your status as a presenter of a talk/poster at Future Directions! Please respond no later than Monday, March 2.

This form also contains information on how to apply for student travel awards. 

CLICK HERE for the form.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

Abstract Decisions Sent Out 2/19/20

Abstract Decisions Sent Out 2/19/20

We’re happy to announce that the abstract decisions for Future Directions were sent out on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. The decisions were sent via email. The “sender” will appear in your inbox from “Microsoft CMT,” so keep an eye out!

We will be sending out information about student travel award applications very soon. We greatly appreciate your patience.

Please feel free to contact the program director, Josh Albrecht, with questions about the program or the conference directors with any other questions or comments!

Top 10 Reasons to Apply to “Future Directions of Music Cognition”

Top 10 Reasons to Apply to “Future Directions of Music Cognition”

1. We have money for student travel grants

2. Free registration for students and post-docs (and only $100 for faculty and industry professionals)!

3. We will be awarding prizes for the best presentations

4. We will be publishing proceedings articles

5. No SMPC, ICMPC, or ESCOM in 2020

6. You have opportunities to work closely with experts in emotion (J. Vuoskoski), timbre (S. McAdams), corpus studies (D. Shanahan), pedagogy (L. VanHandel), and rhythm & meter (J. London)

7. Workshops on best current and future methodologies in these areas (emotion, timbre, corpus studies, pedagogy, and rhythm & meter)

8. Opportunity to work closely in small groups and meet others in the field

9. Help contribute to open science and public music theory

10. Music science is fun!

Call for papers due Sunday, 12/15! See the link here!

Important Dates

Important Dates

December 20, 2019—Abstract submission deadline

January 15, 2019—Registration open

February 15, 2019—Notification of acceptance

April 15, 2020—Registration closed

May 10-14, 2020—Conference!

About the Conference

About the Conference

Welcome to our website about the Future Directions of Music Cognition conference!


Each day will be centered around a central theme: corpus studies, emotion, pedagogy, rhythm & meter, and timbre.

The conference aims to connect music & science researchers from undergraduates through faculty.

“Future Directions” is part of the Music & Science Colloquium and Teaching Series (MASCATS), a symposium series at The Ohio State University led by Lindsay Warrenburg, Lindsey Reymore, and Daniel Shanahan.

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