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  • Ph.D. Candidate in Music Technology,  (in progress). New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Social Sciences. Committee Chair: M. Mary Farbood.
  • M.A. in Music Technology 2011, McGill University, 2011. Thesis: Quantifying Audience Responses to Music: methods for analyzing collections of emotional experience time series. Supervisor: Stephen McAdams.
  • B. Sc. in Mathematics, Honours 2008, McGill University, Faculty of Science.
  • B. Mus. in Music Theory, Honours 2008, McGill University, Schulich School of Music.

Teaching & Advising

  • Instructor, Psychology of Music 2014, 2016. Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, Steinhardt School of Music, NYU
    • Instructor of record for graduate-level seminar on Psychology of music for three sessions.
    • Designed course content and evaluation for normal semester course and intensive summer session
    • Incorporated scientific practices such as peer review and experiment design.

Research Experience

  • Statistics and Experimental Design Consulting, Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, Steinhardt School of Music, NYU. Supported graduate and Master’s Thesis research with instruction and feedback. (2011-2016)
  • Summer school on The Dynamics of Music and Language, Center for Human Adaptive Systems and Environments (CHASE) and University of California (Merced). (2014)
  • Part time RA in Music Perception and Cognition Lab, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Supervisor, S. McAdams. Topic: Behavioural and physiological response time series analysis, music analysis. (2010-2011)
  • NSERC Undergraduate Science Research Assistant, Mathematics and Statistics, Science Faculty, McGill University, Supervisor: T. Humphries. Topic: Analyzing and modeling the dynamics of linear state dependent differential delay equations. (2008)
  • Full time Summer RA in Music Perception and Cognition Lab, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Supervisor: S. McAdams. Topic: Continuous rating data analysis, music analysis. (2007)


  • Upham, F. & McAdams, S. (In Press) Activity Analysis and Coordination in Continuous Responses to Music. Music Perception. (Author version pdf)
  • Farbood, M. M., & Upham, F. (2013). Interpreting expressive performance through listener judgments of musical tension. Frontiers in psychology, 4:998.
  • Humphries, A. R., DeMasi, O., Magpantay, F. M., & Upham, F. (2012). Dynamics of a delay differential equation with multiple state dependent delays. Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems A.
  • Upham, F. (2012). Limits on the application of statistical correlations to continuous response data. In E. Cambouropoulos, C. Tsougras, P. Mavromatis, & K. Pastiades (Eds.), Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (pp. 1037-1041).
  • Knight, T., Upham, F., & Fujinaga, I. (2011). The potential for automatic assessment of trumpet tone quality. In ISMIR (pp. 573-578).


Web resources

Grants and Fellowships

  • 2013-2015 NSERC, Postgraduate Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2012-2015 Steinhardt Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2008 NSERC Undergraduate Research Award

Other Experience

  • 2013-2016 Coordinator for the MARL talk series, organising 12-24 invited talks a year to music technology students and researchers of NYU.
  • 2014-2016 Contributing member of the Three Patch Podcast: participating in, recording, and producing audio segments of discussions, interviews, and comedy pieces for a monthly fandom podcast.
  • 2009-2011 Volunteer Mechanic and Collective member of The Flat, McGill University’s cooperative bike shop.
  • 2006-2007 Vice president (University Affairs) for the Student’s Society of McGill University.

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