Juan Chattah

Assoc. Professor

Phone:
(305) 284-6051
Address:
Frost North Studio Wing 5499 San Amaro Dr
Room 210
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

 
About

About Me

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As director of the Experiential Music Curriculum, I combine my extensive research on cognitive psychology, with my international experience as pianist and composer, along with my very strong interest in film and video-game music to design the most innovative music theory and aural skills program in the country.

Biography 

As Associate Professor of Music Theory and Director of the Experiential Music Curriculum at the Frost School of Music, Juan Chattah, Ph.D. focuses his efforts on two different areas of research -- one, the application of models drawn from cognitive psychology, linguistics, and critical theory to the analysis of film music; and two, the exploration of innovative pedagogical paradigms informed by methodological advances in non-music related disciplines.

Dr. Chattah’s recent publications in film musicology include David Shire’s The Conversation: A Film Score Guide (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015), “Film Music as Embodiment” in Embodied Cognition and Cinema (Maarten Coegnarts and Peter Kravanja, eds.; Leuven University Press, 2015). His recent writings in music theory pedagogy include Aural Skills in Context (co-authored with Matthew Shaftel and Evan Jones; Oxford University Press, 2013) and Transforming Musical Studies from Its Foundations: A Manifesto for Progressive Change (co-authored with David Myers, Pat Campbell, Ed Sarath, and Tim Rice; College Music Society, 2014).

A prolific composer, Dr. Chattah’s undertakings range from tangos performed regularly by the Emory Tango Ensemble, to interactive electroacoustic music incorporated by several dance companies, original underscoring for independent films, and children songs written for the program Stories in the Air, an original innovative series broadcast worldwide through Public Radio International. He is also active as a solo and chamber pianist; he studied under respected master musicians Elisabeth Westercamp in Argentina and Herman Uhlhorn and David Kuyken in the Netherlands, and participated in master classes with Michel Beroff, Ivan Moravec, and Paul Badura-Skoda.

To learn more about Dr.Chattah, visit his website: www.juanchattah.com

Career

Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience


Select Publications

  • David Shire’s The Conversation: A Film Score Guide (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015)
  • “Film Music as Embodiment,” in Embodied Cognition and Cinema (Maarten Coegnarts and Peter Kravanja, eds.; Leuven University Press, 2015)
  • Aural Skills in Context (co-authored with Matthew Shaftel and Evan Jones; Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Transforming Musical Studies from Its Foundations: A Manifesto for Progressive Change (co-authored with David Myers, Pat Campbell, Ed Sarath, and Tim Rice; College Music Society, 2014)
  • “Advertising” in Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences; (William Thompson, ed.; SAGE Reference, 2014).
  • “Mark Wingate” in Grove Encyclopedia of American Music (Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • “Research in Music Theory” in Scholarly Research For Musicians (Sang-Hie Lee, ed.); Routledge, 2017.

Select Compositions

  • Original underscoring for the feature film El Empantanado (Felipe Echevarria, dir.; 2016)
  • Tango Suite #1 and Tango Suite #2; premiered by the Emory Tango Ensemble.
  • Original underscoring for Stories in the Air; broadcast Public Radio International.