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Five headshots of the artists in residence

LMC and School of Music Host Musical Residencies

Six metro Atlanta musicians and performers will be working out of the Technology Square Research Building through April as part of a new STEAM musical residency program jointly hosted by the School of Literature, Media, and Communication and the School of Music. The artists will each have two-week residencies culminating in a free workshop and performance open to the Georgia Tech community and the public. 

Marching Band Honors Cecil Welch at Alumni Band Weekend

Marching Band alumni will once again join the Yellow Jacket Marching Band for Alumni Band Weekend. During the halftime show at Saturday's football game, the current band and the alumni band will perform Henry Mancini music as a tribute to Cecil Welch (IM '58).

Two students using EarSketch educational software

EarSketch Reaches Milestone One Million Users

Georgia Institute of Technology’s innovative educational platform EarSketch reached a milestone this month—one million users.

The music/coding platform was created at Georgia Tech by School of Music Chair Jason Freeman and Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Professor Brian Magerko and is designed to teach students to code in Python or JavaScript through music and creative discovery.

Ballestrino Artist Residency Benefits Students Across Campus

School of Music's most recent artist-in-residence, Laura Ballestrino, gave a masterclass for Georgia Tech pianists, gave lectures to Music Technology students, visited the jazz ensembles, held a solo recital, and performed with the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra (GTSO) as a soloist.

The seven Opera America award recipients

Assistant Professor B.E. Boykin Receives Opera America Award

B.E. Boykin is one of seven composers who received awards from Opera America through its Opera Grants for Women Composers program. Finger Lakes Opera will premiere in downtown Rochester, NY by Finger Lakes Opera in August 2024. 

Dániel Váczi shows the Glissotar to School of Music students

Students Touch the Future of Music at Guthman Competition

For Georgia Tech's music technology majors, the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition represents the pinnacle event of their creative study and research. Students help produce the concert, exhibit their work, and learn from the judges and competitors. They even get to play the instruments!

EKG sensor device and oscilloscope used for empathy research

Listening to Heartbeats ‘Boosts’ Empathy

PhD Student Research

Jason Barnes works on a desktop in the Robotic Musicianship Lab

Leading the Change

Robotic Musicianship Lab

Students listen to a Guthman finalist present his instrument on stage

Students Touch the Future of Music

Guthman Competition

Robert Downey Jr on Age of AI

YouTube's "The Age of AI"

Robotic Musicianship Lab

  • Darren Waller Inspired by Music to Manifest His New Life - Music has always been a big part of Darren Waller’s life. During his time as a Georgia Tech football player and student, Waller learned more about his rich family past in jazz through Assistant Professor Chip Crotts' course. Waller is the great-grandson of Thomas “Fats” Waller, a charismatic pianist, prolific composer, and the first Black man to write the score for a Broadway musical. Music runs through his veins, and even now as an NFL player with the Raiders, music continues to be positive and creative outlet for him.

  • FOREST - 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 helps to establish trust and likability between humans and their AI counterparts. Read more here.
  • Music Heals the Heart - Music and the heart are intertwined. Musical works are influenced by arrhythmias, music listening induces physiological changes, performing music affects heartbeat patterns, 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.

  • Listen to Five of the World’s Newest, Wildest Instruments - The New York Times highlights five of the 2021 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition finalists in an article that focuses on invention and musical motivation. Get music critic Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim's take on our competitors' inventions.

  • LatinX Computer Science Students Focus of New Research - Georgia Tech and the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras recently received a $2.9 million grant to design an informal learning computer science curriculum and broaden access to STEM education for LatinX students.


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