The skywalker hand, a prosthetic hand designed to help amputees play music, plays the piano.

We Design the Future of Music

We Design the Future of Music

We’re a different kind of music school. We teach our students to master today’s latest music technologies, and give them the tools to design the future of how we create and experience music.

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2022 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

Semifinalist Gallery

Meet our 26 semifinalists and vote for your favorites.

Through our gallery, you'll be able to meet each of the creators and watch them perform with their instruments. The finalists will advance to the competition's final round at the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta on March 11 and 12, 2022 to compete for $10,000 in prizes.


A Robot & Human Experience Through Sound

FOREST is the performative outcome of an NSF funded project aimed at enhancing trust between humans and robots through sound and gesture.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that embedding emotion-driven sounds and gestures in robotic arms help establish trust and likability between humans and their AI counterparts.

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School of Music Fall 2021 Concerts

Each semester, the Georgia Tech School of Music ensembles deliver a stunningly diverse selection of performances to the campus and Atlanta communities. Our ensemble directors and performing students bring a variety of sounds, skill sets, and styles to create music in both traditional and newly technological ways.

Our Recent Work

Our faculty publish their research and academic advancement to several professional journals, as well as to SmarTech, the Georgia Tech library’s repository for Institute intellectual property. Use the links below to experience some of our most recent work!

Winters, Mike; Walker, Bruce; Leslie, Grace

"Can You Hear My Heartbeat?: Hearing an Expressive Biosignal Elicits Empathy"

Freeman, Jason, et al.

"EarSketch: Engaging Broad Populations in Computing Through Music."

Pati, Ashis and Lerch, Alexander

"Attribute-based Regularization of VAE Latent Spaces"

Ting, Chaowen

"When Repertoire is Curriculum: What We Do Not Teach in Collegiate Orchestras"
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Music Heals the Heart

Music and the heart are intertwined. Musical works are influenced by arrhythmias, music listening induces physiological changes, performing music effects heartbeat pattern, and hearing heartbeats elicits empathy. Dr. Grace Leslie, director of the Brain Music Lab, co-authored an article published in Scientific American detailing the connection between music and an individual's cognitive and cardiac states.

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Music Tech Student Research Showcase

School of Music faculty and students engage in a wide variety of research and creative work both at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Music technology students at Georgia Tech are creating the future of music in more inclusive and equitable forms. Our students discover new ways to combine music and technology as they invent new algorithms, design new experiments, and develop new tools that transform how we create and understand music.

Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Winner: Segulharpa

The Segulharpa, created by Ulfur Hansson, has won the First Place prize in the 2021 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. New and unique among electro-acoustic instruments, this large circular walnut instrument holds 25 steel strings, which are "bowed" by powerful magnetic fields. Touch sensors are embedded into the grain of the wood, and as the player touches the surface, wonderfully complex interactions are created inside. 

Georgia Tech Research Shows Listening to Heartbeats ‘Boosts’ Empathy

Listening to Heartbeats ‘Boosts’ Empathy

New auditory technique changing emotional perception and connection

Lead investigator and recent Georgia Tech Ph.D. graduate, Mike Winters conducted the research in the newly formed Brain Music Lab, led by Grace Leslie in the Georgia Tech School of Music. The study applied knowledge of the well-known emotional effects of musical tempo with applied knowledge in sonification and experimental design that Winters had picked up working with Bruce Walker in the Sonification Lab.

Jason and the team at Georgia Tech doing gesture recognition and training.

Leading the Change

Jason Barnes and others are leading the way to a more accessible world

Since 2013, Jason has been working with Gil Weinberg, a renowned roboticist and founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, to develop the world’s most advanced robotic drumming arm. Their latest design uses Google’s open source machine learning platform, TensorFlow.

Snehesh Nag, a graduate student, playing a sitar.

Atlanta: A City of Music, Culture, and Opportunity

Atlanta is one of the country's major cultural capitals, home to Grammy-winning artists in styles ranging from classical to hip hop. 

Georgia Tech is at the center of it all: Our students are part of the city's music and technology scene, and Atlanta's musical leaders recognize the value our students bring to their industries.


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