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Professor of Music Teaching and Learning, University of Southern California

Beatriz Ilari (she/her) is a Professor of Music Teaching & Learning at the USC Thornton School of Music, where she teaches graduate courses in music psychology, the sociology of music, cultural diversity in music teaching and learning and research methods. She has conducted extensive research with babies, preschoolers and school-aged children from the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Japan and Mexico. In her work, she uses a variety of approaches to study different aspects of musical development and growth of infants, children, and adolescents. Her research is interdisciplinary in nature. Ilari collaborates regularly with researchers from USC’s Brain & Creativity Institute and Bionic Ear Lab, and with scholars from different research centers and universities across the globe.


  • 2024–present
    Professor, USC


  • 2002 
    McGill University , PhD Music