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Associate Professor of Music and Music Theory, Columbia University

Mariusz Kozak is the author of "Enacting Musical Time: The Bodily Experience of New Music" (Oxford University Press), in which he examines how listeners' understanding and experience of musical time are shaped by bodily actions and gestures. His research centers on the relationship between music, cognition, and the body. Kozak bridges experimental approaches from embodied cognition with phenomenology and music analysis, in particular using motion-capture technology to study the movements of performers and listeners. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Spectrum, and Music Theory Online, among others. In 2020 he was one of the featured speakers at the Plenary Session of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory. His current projects include meter and rhythm in progressive metal, the role of musical affect in creating interpersonal relationships, and a book on the history of the cognitive science of music in the 20th century.

Kozak received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2012. Prior to coming to Columbia University in 2013 he was a postdoctoral scholar at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.


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    Associate Professor of Music, Music Theory, Columbia University