Nicholas J. Shea, Ph.D.

Nick is an assistant professor of music theory at Arizona State University. His work can be best described as an empirical approach to music theory and performance practice.

Currently he is conducting a comprehensive investigation of the relationship between embodied gestures in instrument space and the functional components of musical style. To do so, he adapts an interdisciplinary approach to analysis--by delineating harmonic-formal function, voice leading and guitar performance practice in the works of St. Vincent, conducting a corpus study of form and harmony as they relate to over-learned gestures in modal rock songs, and using motion capture techniques to observe these trends in live performances.

Other ongoing and previous research includes an empirical investigation of textual accent and meter in late 19th-century French and Italian operas, the role of tempo on expressive timing in mazurka performances, and interactions between harmonic preferences and metric perception.

© 2018 Nicholas Shea.