Music to Whose Ears? Music, Emotion, and Mind

Saturday, April 13th
2:30 - 4:30PM

Past Event

A foundational work on emotion and music, Leonard Meyer’s 1956 treatise,Emotion and Meaning in Music, describes competing philosophical positions regarding musical meaning. It might rest exclusively within the context of the work itself; or refer to the extra-musical world of concepts, actions, emotional states, and character; or stem from an intellectual perception of the formalist qualities of the work; or find its foundations in an emotional response to musical relationships. How might we define the aesthetic effects of music? What is it about this auditory experience that offers a unique connection to emotion, whether evanescent or enduring? Is the emotional experience of music particular to the listener, or might there be a universal quality to the way we respond to music? Experts in the creation and study of music will attempt to answer these and other questions.

Free and open to the public.


Greg Calbi

Senior Mastering Engineer, Sterling Sound, New York

Greg Calbi is a partner and senior mastering engineer at Sterling Sound in New York City. Combining technical skill and an innate sense of how music should sound, he manipulates frequency balance, dynamic range, and other characteristics of a mix, aiming to create a heightened emotional response for listeners. Over forty years, Calbi has mastered… read more »

Jesse Harris


Jesse Harris is an accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer of artists all over the world. Best known for having written and played guitar on Norah Jones’ breakout hit “Don’t Know Why” (for which he won the 2003 Grammy Award for Song Of The Year), he has also had his songs recorded by numerous other… read more »

Marina Korsakova-Kreyn is a professional pianist and scholar in music perception and cognition. She received her Diploma in Piano Performance from Nizhniy Novgorod State Conservatory, Russia, and she received her Ph.D. in Cognition and Neuroscience from The University of Texas at Dallas. Her research is focused on emotional responses to music and on the perception… read more »

Gilbert Rose

Member of the Muriel Gardiner Program in Psychoanalysis and the Humanities, Yale University

Gilbert J. Rose served for many years on the faculties of Yale University Medical School and the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is a winner of the Sandor Lorand Essay Award of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York and The Founders Teaching Prize of The Western New England Psychoanalytic Society. He is also… read more »

Alina Rubinstein

Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

Alina Rubinstein is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She is on the faculty of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education (IPE), affiliated with the New York University Medical Center, where she is currently co-teaching “Theories of the Self” to psychoanalytic candidates. She also supervises trainees in IPE’s Adult Psychotherapy Program and psychiatry… read more »

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