Here’s the plan for Tuesday:
1. Finish up our methods tutorial, starting with a debriefing of Group Task #3 (Generating Theories) and moving on to hypotheses operationalization.
2. Brief introduction to microtiming and its relationship to categorical perception.
3. Student summaries of required readings, i.e., Repp (1999) & Ashley (2002); the details for the last assignment are reproduced below. You will be given about 5-7 minutes to plan the summary presentation, each of which should be about 5-7 minutes, followed by a short discussion. Use the Notes on Critical Reading (especially the third group of bullet points) to guide your review of your article. Also, a good strategy for a summary presentation is to pick a figure or example to look at closely after the basic points have been established.
NOTE: The Forum posting assignment based on the group of articles pertaining to the “swing” ratio that has been postponed to Thursday, October 2. On Thursday, we will devote most of the class time to a research workshop with Rémi Castonguay, Public Services Project Librarian, and might re-visit the question of the swing ratio “live” if we have time left.
GROUP 1: Required readings (due 9/30)
To start, a methodological summary of the topical area:
Focus on the concepts introduced; the experiment is also interesting and bears on the more “musical” research on microtiming, but it is also more technical, and I would rather you spent more time with the following two studies. You should take the time to browse through both articles and read the abstracts, but I have assigned specific students to each article for focused reading (and preparatory listening):
Repp (1999): Ryan & Angie
Ashley (2002): Jordan, Genevieve, & Kyle
Make sure you can give a brief summary of the study you focused on.
This is one of many articles published by Repp following his painstaking analysis of 115 expert performances of this famous Etude by Chopin. Before reading the article, make sure to listen to at least 2 or 3 performances of the work. In your reading, focus on the materials that pertain to timing patterns rather than dynamic patterns. After reading the article, visit the following website, where you will find materials created for a follow-up study that will illustrate aurally some of the findings described in the article:
Focus your reading on the summary of previous research provided by Ashley and on his findings related to “My Funny Valentine”. Again, first listen to the recordings used as materials for this study; they are by Chet Baker (1954), the Miles Davis Quartet (1956), and Art Farmer and the Gerry Mulligan Quartet (1958). Then, read the relevant sections. (You may also browse quickly through the other sections of the article.)
GROUP 2: Reference materials – read abstracts only (due 9/30)
An early study on microtiming in pianists’ performance of Satie’s Gnossienne No. 5:
A series of experiments on listeners’ ability to perceive timing variations: