A scientific approach to piano pedagogy, by its very nature, must bring art and science together. This convergence is not straightforward. It must be done within a multidisciplinary framework and bring together musicians who are interested in research and researchers who are interested in music.
There are several levels of analysis relating to piano performance, which taken together lead to a better understanding of learning and the mastery of piano performance. Computer science and biomechanical engineers, cognitive psychologists, health scientists, neuroscientists, audio-visual specialists, software developers, and musicians are working together, sharing their knowledge and expertise with the objective of providing the research equipment and the research protocols that would allow a better understanding of the complex skill that is piano learning.
The Piano Laboratory has built productive partnerships by bringing together the forces of knowledge, innovation and development. By ensuring high-quality national and international ties with partners from many different disciplines, we strengthen our competitive edge and cultivate innovative multidisciplinary research.
The success of our laboratory depends in large part on the calibre and commitment of the administrative and technical support staff. We have recruited highly qualified individuals who have the expertise necessary to deal with the complexity of the laboratory’s research-intensive environment.