Texas Tech University


Performing Arts Research Lab MembersPerforming Arts Research Lab Members


Dr. David Sears

Dr. David R. W. Sears

Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts
J.T. & Margaret Talking College of Visual and Performing Arts


Dr. Peter A. Martens

Dr. Peter A. Martens

Associate Professor of Music Theory
Texas Tech School of Music



Lab Manager

Ethan Wills 

Jonathan Verbeten, PhD (Fine Arts, Musicology)

With a background in music history, jazz piano, and music theory, Verbeten brings a wide array of skills to the lab. When not working at the PeARL, he enjoys spending time with his two little girls and engaging with the Lubbock music scene by playing jazz gigs with his wife and their quartet.




Current Students

Hannah Percival

Hannah Percival, PhD (Fine Arts, Music Theory)

Hannah has earned graduate degrees in counseling and piano pedagogy (in progress). During study breaks in PeARL, she is usually playing with fidget cubes while pondering puns.


Lucas Hess

Lucas Hess, BA/MA Student (Psychology)

Lucas' research interests include how music affects the emotion recognition of people as well as applied audio and vigilance research in human factors psychology.


Ethan Wills

Ethan Wills, Phd (Fine Arts, Administration)

Before joining Texas Tech, Ethan worked for three years at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas as Director of Choral Studies and Chair of Fine Arts. He holds a Masters of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of North Texas and a Bachelors in Music Education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. His primary research interests include general music education, brass pedagogy, and rock and popular music.