The Music Cognition Reading Group has been meeting regularly since 2004. We discuss recent literature and present research from the Music Cognition Group in Amsterdam and other music research groups. Want to stay informed? Join our mailinglist, subscribe to our public calendar, or join our Zotero group.

The melodic arch

12 May 2020, 12.30. Musical phrases across cultures tend to have remarkably similar pitch contours: initially rising, and in any case falling towards the end—or so the famous melodic arch hypothesis claims. In this reading group we discuss evidence for the melodic arch in animal vocalizations—humans included.

Upcoming meetings

9 June ’20, 12:30–14:00. Talk by Eline Smit