David J. Baker

PhD Student, Music Theory


David J. Baker is a graduate student in the MCCL@LSU with research interests ranging from psychology, to theory, and to industry.  He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, as well as a Master of Science from Goldsmiths, University of London.  While in London he worked in the Music, Mind and Brain lab on the Transforming Musicology project with Dr. Daniel Müllensiefen.  Currently he is at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, USA pursuing his PhD in Music Theory with Dr. Daniel Shanahan.

During the year he instructs the Foundations of Music course for freshman, as well as the Aural Skills  III and IV courses in the School of Music,.    

My resume can be found here, my CV can be accessed here,  LinkedIn here, but I am trying to migrate most of my CV to my ResearchGate account here

Recent Select Publications

 Mullensiefen, Baker, D., Rhodes, C,. Crawford, T,. Dreyfus, L. (2016). Recognition of leitmotives in Richard Wagner's music: chroma distance and listener expertise. In Springer (Ed.) Analysis of Large and Complex Data. [Book Chapter]

Baker, D., Trahan, T., Mullensiefen, D. (2016) Measuring Music To Brand Personality: A Semantic Differential Tool for Measuring Emotional Space. Proceedings of 2016 International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. [Conference Proceedings Paper

Baker, D., (2015)  "Unlocking the Mysteries of Your Brain, Dr. Daniel Levitin Public Lecture", in Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, Vol 25,No.4, pp. 455-456. [Public Lecture Review]

Non Academic Writing Samples

On Music Cognition as a Career Path (Guest Blog)

Introducing Wagnerism (Pop Sci)

Select Presentations

Ventura, J., Elliott, E., Baker, D., \& Shanahan, D. (November, 2016). Investigating the Relationship between Musical Working Memory and Musical Sophistication in Non-Musicians. [Poster to be presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Boston, MA.]

Baker, D., Rosado, A, Shanahan, E., Shanahan, D. (2016) The Interaction of Schema-Driven Gestures and Instrumental Affordances in Bebop Improvisations. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, San Francisco, USA. [Long Format Talk]

Baker, D., Mullensiefen, D. (2016) Perception of Leitmotives in Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Niebelungen. Proceedings of 2016 International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. [Short Format Talk]

Music, Brands, and Advertising: Testing What Works. Audio Branding Academy 2015 Conference, Berlin, Germany, May 2015. Daniel Müllensiefen, David Baker.[Workshop]

Hearing Wagner. AHRC Public Engagement event with Sir Colin Blakemore.  Birmingham, London. November, 2014.[Public Engagement Event]