Past Events



     9:00 am   Registration and Breakfast (provided)
     9:30 am   Eight-minute talks
     12:30 pm   Lunch (provided)
     2:00 pm   Workshop on Computational Music Research Using Music21 (with Michael Cuthbert, MIT)
     5:30 pm   Closing remarks and discussion
     6:00 pm   Dinner (next door at Naples - optional)


Yale University
Department of Music
Stoeckel Hall
469 College Street
New Haven CT

Blitz Talks

Stefanie Acevedo, University at Buffalo (Psychology)
Does the change of a melody's meter affect tonal pattern perception?

Evan Bradley, University of Delaware (Linguistics and Cognitive Science)
Linking acoustic dimensions of melody and lexical tone

Lincoln Craton, Stonehill College (Psychology)
Exploring Negative Musical Response

Trevor deClercq (Music Theory), Eastman School of Music
A corpus of melodic transcriptions for rock songs

Julian De Freitas, Yale University
Attentional rhythm: A temporal analogue of object-based attention

Ahren Fitzroy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Metric Strength Modulates Early Auditory Processing

Dee Hansen, Hartt School of Music
The effect of early childhood music experiences on pre-literacy and prosodic skill development in Kindergarten children

Jonathan D. Savant, Yale University
Therapeutic Music: the feasibility and acceptability of a novel group-based intervention for pain management among methadone-maintained patients

Dan Shanahan, Ohio State University
Interval Size and Phrase Position: A Comparison between German and Chinese Folksongs

Nick Simmons-Stern, Yale University
Music as a Memory Enhancer

Jessica Thompson, Dartmouth College
Timbre Population Codes for High-Level Categorization of Music

Robin Wilkins, Wake Forest University
The Effects of Music on the Brain: Investigating Music Preferences Using Network Science Methods


(PDF version)

Scheduled events will take place two locations near Yale University's Cross Campus:

Both locations are indicated on the map (PDF).

An interactive map and directions to campus can be found at:

Other useful information and links can be found at:


By plane

There are few connections to New Haven's tiny Tweed airport, but it is convenient. If you are arriving there, take a 10-minute taxi ride into town. For more information, go to

Otherwise, you will most likely be flying to Hartford/Springfield (Bradley airport). From there, you can take the Connecticut Limo to New Haven. You'll have to make a reservation at the Ground Transportation desk upon arrival. The waiting time may be 1 hour or more. The trip to New Haven can take up to 2 hours and costs $84 (round-trip). You may prefer to rent a car instead. It is an easy drive on I-91 South to New Haven.

If you are flying to New York (Kennedy, La Guardia, or Newark airports), and you are not renting a car, you could again take the Connecticut Limo, but the trip can take up to 4 hours and costs $130 (round-trip) from Kennedy/La Guardia and $176 from Newark. Moreover, the ride can be uncomfortable, due to poor car suspension and insane drivers. A cheaper alternative is to take the airport bus to Manhattan (Grand Central Station) and from there the train (Metro North) to New Haven. If you rent a car instead, you drive from JFK to New Haven via the Van Wyck Expressway, Whitestone Bridge, and I-95 (2-3 hours, depending on traffic).

If you arrive by Limo in New Haven, take a taxi to your hotel. Be aware that taxis are sometimes in short supply at the Limo terminal.

By train

From New York, take the Metro North train (New Haven Line) to the last stop (Union Station). Trains go about every hour, more often during rush hours. Roundtrip tickets are $28 (off peak) and $37 (peak). For more information, go to

From Boston, take the Amtrak train from South Station. Trains go about every one or two hours. Roundtrip tickets are $74 to $178 depending on time of day and speed of service. For more information and reservations, go to:

From Union Station in New Haven, you may take a taxi to your hotel; it will cost only a few dollars. If you arrive during daylight hours and prefer to walk, turn right from the station and walk for about 5 minutes until you find yourself on State Street. From there, turn left onto George Street for the New Haven Hotel or, two blocks later, onto Chapel Street for the Omni, Duncan, or Study Hotels, which you'll reach in another 5-10 minutes. (See the map.)

By bus

Greyhound Lines also offer regular bus service to New Haven; buses arrive at Union Station. For more information go to

By car

New Haven is accessible by car via the I-95 and I-91. (From New York, you may also wish to take Route 15, which is more scenic and somewhat less busy; directions can be found at

From I-95 north or south: Connect to I-91 North in New Haven; take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street) and follow directions below for I-91.

From I-91 north or south: Take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street). Stay in the middle lane and continue straight onto Trumbull Street to the third traffic light. Turn left onto Temple Street and continue for one block to the traffic light. Turn right onto Grove Street and continue for one block to the traffic light. Turn left onto College Street.

Street parking around the campus is possible, but it is metered from Monday through Saturday and limited to 2 hours. In general, if you can park at your hotel, you're much better off going straight to the hotel and leaving your car there, rather than trying to find parking close to campus (see hotel parking information below). On weekends Yale's Lot 51 (see map), located inside the block bounded by Wall, Temple, Elm, and College Streets, is free and open to the public. Lot 51 is accessible from Temple Street, which is one-way southbound (entrance on the right between Wall and Elm). Additional downtown parking is available at the Temple Street Garage and on Crown Street, both of which are within a 10-minute walk from Cross Campus.


The following hotels are recommended. They are all within a 10-minute walk from Cross Campus. The Hotel Duncan is distinctly less luxurious than the others, but a bargain. (Read the very mixed reviews on the web!) The Study is relatively new and expensive! The prices are for single occupancy and may be subject to change.

229 George Street
(203) 498-3100
$139 and up (parking lot across the street is an extra $17 per day)

155 Temple Street
(800) 843-6664
(203) 772-6664
$197 and up (parking may be included)

1157 Chapel Street
(888) 430 9627
$259 and up

1151 Chapel Street
(203) 787-1273
$60 (parking at York Street Garage for an extra $18-20 per day)

30 Whalley Avenue
(203) 777-6221
$159 and up (parking is an extra $15 per day)

There are other possibilities, like the La Quinta two miles away on I-95 and New Haven Harbor ($79 and up), but they're not within walking distance of the conference site. If staying close to Yale is not important to you, you can easily use the Internet to check out the various hotels on the major thoroughfares in and around New Haven--mainly I-95 and I-91.

NEMCOG Executive Committee

Morwaread Farbood
Panayotis Mavromatis
Ève Poudrier
Ian Quinn