RITA AIELLO is a visiting scholar in the psychology department of New York University. She is the editor of Musical Perceptions (Oxford University Press, 1994). Her research addresses the mental representation of music, the effect of musical training on the perception and cognition of music, and parallels between music and language. She has taught courses on the perception of music at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and Queens College of the City University of New York and has been a visiting honorary adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. She was trained as a classical pianist and has extensive teaching experience.
ECKART ALTENMÜLLER is professor at the Hannover University of Music and Drama and director of its Institute of Music Physiology and Performing Arts Medicine. He graduated in medicine (1983) and music (1985) and trained as a neurologist and neurophysiologist (Habilitation 1992). Since 1985 he has been researching brain processing of music and motor learning in musicians. He has published 46 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and 60 book contributions. Major awards include the Young Scientists Award of the German Physiological Society (1984), the Kornmüller-Award of the German Society for Clinical Electrophysiology (1992), and the Richard Lederman Lecture, Aspen (1999).
NANCY H. BARRY holds a Ph. D. in music education and certificates in computers in music and electronic music from Florida State University. She is currently professor and coordinator of graduate music education at the School of Music of the University of Oklahoma. She serves on the editoral boards of Update: Applications of Research in Musical Education, Professional Educator, and Journal of Technology in Music Learning. She has published numerous articles in journals such as Psychology of Music, Update, Arts and Learning, and Journal of Music Teacher Education. She has given over 40 presentations at conferences and seminars in the United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Germany, and Australia.