Catherine Massie-Laberge



John Sullivan

Ph.D. Researcher (alumni)
Masters Student (alumni)


I am currently a Ph.D. researcher in Music Technology at the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL) and Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Media Music and Technology (CIRMMT). My interests are in piano pedagogy, pianists’ expressive gestures, and motion capture techniques. My main research goals are to understand further musicians’ gestures and their meaning in order to design and implement pedagogical software using real-time feedback to help students and pedagogues develop strategies to enrich expression in performance. I seek to define better the role of the different parts of the body in various performance styles and their link with musical expression, as well as how those gestures are perceived and interpreted by audience members.

Research Interests

  • Musical gestures
  • Piano performance and effective teaching strategies
  • Acquisition, tracking, recognition, and synthesis of gestures
  • Real-time visual feedback
  • Perception and embodied music theory

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. (currently) Music Technology, McGill University, Montreal
  • MA Music Education, McGill University, Montreal, 2013
  • BMus Piano Performance, Université de Montréal, Montreal, 2011

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