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Michael Schutz, Ph.D. (Virginia)

Associate Professor, Music
Phone: 905-525-9140, ext. 23159
Office: TSH-424; MAPLE Lab TSH-422

Known for his innovative blend of performance, teaching and research, Michael Schutz is currently Associate Professor of Music Cognition/Percussion at McMaster University. He is the founding director of the MAPLE Lab – researching Music, Acoustics, Perception and LEarning (, and a core member of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind. His research is supported by grants from Canadian agencies such as NSERC and Ontario’s Early Researcher Award, as well as international agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Academy of Audiology. Previously, Michael served as Director of Percussion Studies at Longwood University in Virginia, where he performed regularly with the Roanoke Symphony and Opera on the James. He is currently in his second term as Chair of the Percussive Arts Society’s Music Technology Committee, and is an artist/clinician for Sabian Cymbals as well as Innovative Percussion.

This unique background has led to invitations for world premiers in major venues as well as guest lectures at music festivals (Days of Percussion, PASIC) and universities (Michigan State, Indiana, Montréal, Rochester, Buffalo, Arizona) across North America. Michael’s interdisciplinary training includes bachelor’s degrees in both Computer Science (BS) and Music Performance (BMA) from Penn State University as well as a MM in Music Performance and Music Technology from Northwestern, where he studied with marimba virtuoso Michael Burritt. Michael also earned a MA and PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Virginia under the tutelage of Michael Kubovy. For more information, please visit