Dr. Christine Beckett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Music
Coordinator BFA Major in Music, Minor in Music, liaison to Music Therapy
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Dr. Christine Beckett studied music education, composition, piano and viola at the University of Toronto. She then did a viola performance diploma, and completed graduate studies in research on ear training pedagogy at McGill (Ph.D. 1993). Christine has performed as pianist and string player in many musical genres in various solo, chamber, and large ensemble contexts in North America and Europe. She continues to put her playing skills to community service.
Dr. Beckett's research is in the field of music perception and cognition, and other matters, with studies on: aspects of ear training; pedagogy; music reading/dyslexia; music and emotion; cross-arts studies such as creative strategies of musicians and dancers; oral heritages such as Irish & Icelandic traditional musics; absolute pitch; etc.
Prof. Beckett enjoys organizing university events such as conferences, concerts, the Welcome for first year students, Open House, and Portfolio Day. She was Acting Chair of the Music Department from 2011 - 2013.
2010 Beckett, C. Body Music: When Dancing Drums. Poster presented at the 11th International Conference for Music Perception & Cognition (ICMPC11), University of Washington, Seattle USA, August 23 - 27.
2010 Beckett, C. Music Perception & Cognition Research: Basics & Recent Advances in Clinical Applications. Talk to Concordia Music Therapy graduate students, class of Prof G. Vaillancourt, Feb.
2009 Beckett, C. Perception and cognition research on traditional music: Where are the Irish? Concordia; internal working paper2009 Beckett, C. Temporal stability in rhythmic continuations by drummers and dancers. Oral presentation at the SMPC 2009 conference, IUPUI, Indianapolis, Aug 4.
2009 Beckett, C. Serial Technique in Improvisations by Drummers and Dancers. Poster at the 2009 BRAMS Annual Scientific Day, Loyola campus of Concordia University, Dr. V. Penhune (Concordia, Psychology) organizer. Montreal, May.
2009 Beckett, C. Continuations from Opening Gestures in Rhythm and Dance. Oral presentation at The Musical Body conference, University College London, Senate House, England, April.
2008 Hemispheric Harmonies. A talk at Concordia Vanier Library, Loyola campus, on music, brain and mind. Oct 28. Audio and video files online at:
2008 Hébert, S., Béland, R., Beckett, C., Cuddy, L., Peretz, I. & Wolforth, J. A case study of music and text dyslexia. Music Perception, 25(4), 369-381.
2007 Beckett, C. Warm-ups for Two-part Melodic Dictation? Poster presented at the 8th conference of the Society for Music Perception & Cognition (SMPC 2007). Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada. August 2.
2007 Beckett, C. Harmonic Imagery Evoked by Implicative Melodic Intervals. Poster presented at the 8th conference of the Society for Music Perception & Cognition (SMPC 2007). Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada. Aug 1.
2006 Beckett, C.A. What Research Tells Singers: Haystacks, hens' teeth, and the hunt for connection. Powerpoint presentation to 1st Vocal Summit Invitational, organized by Prof. Jeri Brown. Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, Oct. 19.
2006 Hebert, S., L. Cuddy, C. Beckett & I. Peretz. Music reading deficiencies and the brain. Oral presentation at the ICMPC9, Bologna, Italy, Aug.
2005 Beckett, C. Book review of: Williamon, A., Ed. Musical Excellence: Strategies and Techniques to Enhance Performance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. In Music Perception, L. Cuddy, Ed., 23(1), Sept., 101-02.
1998 Zatorre, R. J., D. Perry, C.A. Beckett, et al. Functional anatomy of musical processing in listeners with absolute pitch and relative pitch. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 95, 3172-3177, March, Neurobiology.
1997 Beckett, C. A. Directing student attention during two-part dictation. Journal of Research in Music Education (JRME). 45(4), 613-625, Winter.
1993 Beckett, C. A. Integration of musical languages in the ear training class. Actes du Colloque: Orientations et implications du nouveau programme de musique au collegial, 5-14. Claude Parenteau (Ed.) Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada, June.
1989 Zatorre, R. J., & C. A. Beckett. Multiple coding strategies in the retention of musical tones by possessors of absolute pitch. Memory and Cognition. 17(5), 582-589.
With the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal
European tours in the 1980s, concerts, videos and recordings in Canada
With the Bug Alley Band, Karen Young et al
Album, "Bug Alley!" Recording engineer Mike Pinsonneault
With L'orchestre Sympathique de Montréal, Jean Vanasse et al
CBC performance live to air from Salle Claude Champagne
With soprano soloist Irene Feher
Performances of Schubert's "An die Musik" for BRAMS 10th anniversary conference at the Université de Montréal, as well as at the Memorial for former Concordia Dean of Fine Arts Prof. Christopher Jackson at Concordia's Oscar Peterson Concert Hall
With the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal
Sectional player on various occasions: with Rostropovitch at Festival de Lanaudière (Dvorak Cello Concerto); Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa on Parliament Hill; etc
With the Montreal Chamber Orchestra
Violist in section, Montreal performances
With many varied ensembles and choirs in Montreal, Trois-Rivières, Drummondville, Sherbrooke, etc., throughout QC; much wedding-circuit work.
Piano & guitar/singer-songwriter Community Service volunteering
In community settings (seniors' residences, long-term care homes, etc.) in Montreal, Toronto, Port Hope ON, and elsewhere