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Peter Martens is Associate Professor of Music Theory at Texas Tech University. Dr. Martens holds
a B.M. in Music Education and a B.A. in Classics from Lawrence University, and M.A.
and Ph.D. degrees in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago.
In his dissertation "Beat-Finding, Listener Strategies, and Music Meter," Dr. Martens
combined research models from music theory and music psychology to pursue the elemental
but complicated question of where listeners locate the main beat in music. In this
and subsequent work he situates beat-finding as a behavior shared by a combination
of individual, performed, and musico-structural factors. He has presented this blend
of music theory, music cognition, and performance analysis to organizations such the
Society for Music Theory (SMT), the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC)
- for which he will serve as Program Chair for the 2019 (TTU-PeARL)meeting in New
York City, and the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC);
this work has appeared in journals such as Music Perception and Music Theory Online and informs Dr. Martens' co-authored chapter "Musical Structure: Time and Rhythm"
in the 2017 Routledge Companion to Music Cognition. Dr. Martens' other research interests include rhythm and meter in popular music,
questions of perception in the recorded legacy of pianist Glenn Gould, and the history
of music theory.
In Texas, Dr. Martens served as President of the Texas Society for Music Theory from 2015-2018, and is Co-Director (with Dr. David Sears) of the Performing Arts Research Lab at Texas Tech (TTU-PeARL). Lab personnel were recently awarded a $10,000 Arts in Medicine grant to study the effect of music on the recognition of facial emotion in neurotypical and autism-spectrum populations, a joint project with TTU's Burkhart Center. In the Fall of 2017, Dr. Martens assumed the role of Associate Director for Graduate Programs in the TTU School of Music.