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[ONLINE] Lisa Margulis: "Music again: Perspectives on repetition in music"

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The rebroadcast of a Distinguished Lecture by a guest from Princeton University (USA) followed by an online live discussion with Prof. Margulis herself.

  • Distinguished Lecture
When Dec 10, 2020
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Online (link coming soon)
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Lisa Margulis

Photo by Russel Cothren

About the event

This session will feature the rebroadcast of the lecture presented by Lisa Margulis on November 19, 2009 followed by a one-hour live discussion with Prof. Margulis herself. The main goal is to revisit the topic, and then, in the discussion that will follow, evaluate what has changed since the research was first presented. Participants are encouraged to submit their questions and comments in the chat of the platform used.

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CIRMMT FUNDING ELIGIBILITY REMINDER: CIRMMT student members should note that attendance at Distinguished Lectures is necessary to fulfill the eligibility requirements for funding opportunities. Attendance will be tracked via sign-up sheets for in-person events, and the chat of the online meeting platform used. 


Huron (2006) observes that music is a uniquely repetitive stimulus. While music theory has examined repetition in the context of form, there has been surprisingly little examination from either music or psychology of the dynamic experience of repeating elements. What is repetition's function in the learning, syntax, and enjoyment of music? This talk offers some theoretical and empirical approaches to this topic.


Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis is Professor at Princeton University, where she directs the Music Cognition Lab. Her research approaches music from the combined perspectives of music theory/musicology and cognitive science. Her book On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind (Oxford University Press) received the 2014 Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory, and the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award. Her latest book The Psychology of Music: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press) was published in 2018 and has been translated into Spanish, Hungarian, and Japanese. Her cross-cultural research on narrative perceptions of music is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. For a list of publications visit: Lisa Margulis' publications

She has a B.M. in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Veda Kaplinsky, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Before coming to Princeton, she was Distinguished Professor at the University of Arkansas. She has also served as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, UK and as a faculty member at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Video Archive

APA video citation:
Margulis, L. (2013, October 24). Music again: Perspectives on repetition in music - 
CIRMMT Distinguished Lectures in the Science and Technology of Music. [Video file]. 
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