Society for Music Perception and Cognition

SMPC Committees

The Society for Music Perception and Cognition standing committees aid in carrying out the regular business of the organization. Responsibilities for each committee are outlined by section 7 of the SMPC bylaws (click to open PDF). The committees consist of a chair and 2 or more members appointed for 1-2 years by the SMPC President in consultation with SMPC Board

Standing committees include: 

• Anti-Racism & Equity Committee
• Mentorship Committee
• SMPC conference program committee
• SMPC conference local arrangements committee
• Awards Committee (to award SMPC Lifetime achievement award)
• Board Nominating Committee (Chair: SMPC Secretary)

objectives of SMPC

Anti-Racism and Equity Committee

Aim: To envision, plan, and deliver sustained programming with the goal of transforming SMPC into an anti-racist and equitable organization, as described in our recent editorial on Embracing Anti-Racist Practices in the Music Perception and Cognition Community.

Current Members: 

• Chair: Dominique Vuvan (Current Board Member)
• David Baker 
• Amy Belfi (Current Board Member)
• Michael Hall
• Geraldo Lopez
• Psyche Loui
• Daniel Shanahan (Current Board Member)
• Swathi Swaminathan


objectives of SMPC

Mentorship Committee (currently in development)

Aim: To envision, plan, and deliver programming with the goal of creating and sustaining robust mentorship networks within the SMPC membership, as described in our recent editorial on Embracing Anti-Racist Practices in the Music Perception and Cognition Community.

Current Members: 

• Chair: Adena Schachner (Current Board Member)
• Tanushree Agrawal (Current Board Trainee Member)

May 2021 - Current call for nominations:

The board is soliciting nominations for six (6) new members. Nominations of members at all career stages are welcome. Self-nominations are very welcome!

We see the work of this committee as a tangible way to support inclusivity throughout all stages of scholars’ academic careers, and ensure that all members of our community receive the support they need to engage in research in music perception and cognition. Information about the new committee’s mandate can be seen in SMPC’s bylaws

Please submit your nomination of an SMPC member using this form. All nominations received by June 3rd (noon EST) will receive full consideration.


objectives of SMPC

Awards Committee

SMPC Lifetime & Achievement Awards

Aim: In 1995, the Society awarded lifetime memberships to Leonard Meyer and Diana Deutsch in recognition of the unique contributions to music perception and cognition. Initiated in 2011, the SMPC Achievement Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of music perception and cognition. The award carries lifetime membership in SMPC. Anyone is eligible for the award, except current SMPC board members. Awards are to be presented at SMPC meetings.

Past Awardees:

• 2017 award: Jay Dowling & David Huron
• 2015 award: Lola Cuddy
• 2013 awards: Mari Reiss Jones & Sandra Trehub
• 2011 awards: Eugene Narmour & Carol Krumhansl
• 1995 (Lifetime Membership Award): Leonard Meyer & Diana Deutsch