Founded and directed by Assistant Professor of Music Matthew Woolhouse, the Digital Music Lab (DML) within the School of the Arts undertakes interdisciplinary research into how music is used, embodied, and experienced by individuals and groups. The lab's research covers four main areas: (1) global music consumption, (2) prosocial effects of music, dance and entrainment, (3) music and dance for the palliative treatment of people with Parkinson’s, and (4) musical pitch perception.

The DML is one of two music-cognition labs within the School of the Arts, the other being the MAPLE Lab run by Michael Schutz, Associate Professor of Music and director of the department's percussion ensemble. Both labs are affiliated with the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, which is home to the LIVELab, a world-class research-based performance theatre and testing centre dedicated to the scientific study of music, sound, and movement and their importance in human development and health. These facilities, together with dedicated teams of researches, make McMaster University one of the foremost places to study music from interdisciplinary perspectives anywhere in the world.

Researchers include the lab’s director, Matthew Woolhouse, McMaster graduate and undergraduate students, research assistants, and international collaborators specializing in the areas such as data mining, music information retrieval and data visualization. The lab welcomes enquiries from prospective students, either seeking to undertake research-based courses or graduate research. If you are interested in working in the lab, please visit the our Opportunities page for a brief requirements description and online application form.

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