Yiqing Mitty Ma
Yiqing Ma is a pre-candidate student in music theory. Originally from Changsha, Hunan, China, Mitty holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota, and an M.M. in music theory from Louisiana State University. Her research interests generally explore the phenomenology of music forms—as a process of our cognitive perception—from Schubert’s piano sonatas to Leonard Bernstein’s symphonic works, and Japanese post-Millennial rock music. Her recent presentation at the conference of Society for Music Perception and Cognition focuses on the lyrics’ influences on emotion in songs. She is also a co-author of Basic Music Technology: An Introduction by Springer. Outside of academics, Mitty enjoys hiking, swimming, dancing, iPhone photography, cooking Hunanese cuisine, watching Ghibli movies, occasionally drowning in existential crisis, and hanging out with her cat, Cereal.