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Antonella Di Giulio

3MT Presentation:

Fountain of Youth for Brains: A Map of Sounds

PhD Program:

Historical Musicology and Music Theory


Brian Moseley


Antonella Di Giulio, a pianist, music theorist and pedagogue, is currently working toward her PhD degree at UB, in historical musicology and music theory. She earned a master's degree in piano performance from UB, as well as post-diploma certifications in performance and didactic and a diploma in piano, from Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy. In addition, she is lecturer at Buffalo State College. Her research has been presented in several national and international conferences.

What made you interested in your dissertation research topic?

I was interested in discovering the DNA of each composer at first. Then during some workshops, one of the lecturers said it was impossible to find out why our brain would react to certain sounds. From there, my idea of changing the starting point and instead of starting with the brain, I started considering how to map musical sounds so that it will be possible eventually to connect brain functions to certain points on the musical map.

Why did you decide to attend UB for your PhD?

Because of the quality of the music theory program.

Name your favorite thing to do in Buffalo. What do you enjoy about that?

I like going to concerts, of course. Buffalo is affordable, but it offers many of the advantages of a big city.