CV (Academic)


  • Ph.D. in Music Technology, New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Social Sciences, 2018.
  • M.A. in Music Technology, 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.

Grants & Fellowships

  • Postgraduate Doctoral Scholarship from the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), 2012
    • Competitive national council funding, granted according to research proposal and portfolio.
    • $20 000 CAD annual stipend for full time study for three years
  • Steinhardt Doctoral Fellowship, 2011
    • Funding granted to only one successful applicant to Music Technology at NYU per year.
    • $23 000 USD annual stipend for full time study for four years.
  • NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award, 2008
    • Competitive funding for undergraduate students in science to worth with an active scholar
    • $5700 CAD for four months of full time research.

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 interface coding.
  • Teaching Assistant, Psychology of Music, 2013 Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, Steinhardt School of Music, NYU
    • Student advisement for class projects and assignments.
  • Consulting: Experimental design and data analysis, 2011-2018
    • On referral from faculty supervisors, advised graduate students in music technology on research involving human participants.
  • Advising: Research Mentor 2014-2015
    • Coached a High School student through the development, execution, and analysis of a project involving continuous ratings of liking and familiarity with music.
  • Advising: SSMU Academic Policy Researchers, 2006-2007
    • Hired and advised undergraduate students to research academic policy issues for McGill University’s undergraduate students’ society (SSMU) in 4 to 12 month projects. Research methods included online surveys, comparison of government policies, analysis of census data, and investigation of historical records.

Supervised Research Training

  • CHASE Summer School on The Dynamics of Music and Language (2014) University of California (Merced) and the Center for Human Adaptive Systems and Environments
    • Participated in cross-disciplinary summer school featuring a week of lectures and discussions with academics and a week of collaborative research with other graduate students.
  • Research Assistant in Music Perception and Cognition Lab (2007-2011), Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Supervisor, S. McAdams.
    • Studied and developed tools to analyse continuous responses to music.
      Helped run large scale audience experiments
  • NSERC Undergraduate Science Research Assistant, Mathematics and Statistics, Science Faculty, McGill University, Supervisor: T. Humphries.
    • Analyzed and modelled dynamics of state-dependent differential delay equations. Lay foundation for subsequent publication with analytic work and new code libraries.


Peer Reviewed Papers

International Conference Presentations

Regional meetings & workshops

  • Upham, F. (2016). Breathing while listening to music. Music and Movement Workshop, New York University, New York NY, USA (Talk)
  • Upham, F. (2016). Respiratory alignment to music in repeated response case studies. North-East Music Cognition Group meeting (NEMCOG), Harvard University, Cambridge MS, USA (Poster)
  • Upham, F. (2013). Rocking out in a chair: Physiological signal processing to detect dancing activity in a seated listener. Third meeting on Cognitive Music Information Retrieval (CogMIR), Toronto, Canada. (Poster)
  • Upham, F. (2013). Respiration entrainment to music and spoken word in a single participant. Centre for Research on the Brain, Language, and Music (CRBLM) Inaugural symposium on Music and Language, Montreal, Canada. (Poster)
  • Upham, F. (2013). Danceability and Head-nodding as Measured by Detrended Fluctuation Analysis. Meeting of the Northeast Music Informatics Special Interest Group (NEMISIG), The Echonest, Boston, MA. (Talk)
  • Upham, F. (2012). Online learning of Emotion Rating Changes using Musical Features as Experts. Second meeting on Cognitive Music Information Retrieval (CogMIR), Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. (Poster)

Guest Talks

  • Upham, F. (2014). Breathing with: listener respiratory phase alignment with music. Queen Mary University, London, UK.
  • Upham, F. (2013). Workshop: Activity Analysis for Continuous Responses to Music. McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Published Software, Datasets, and Resources

Academic Service

Professional Service

  • Publicity and Publications Chair, 2019 Meeting of the Society of Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC)
  • Student Board member of the Society of Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC) (2011-2012)
    • Restructured and updated Society’s constitution
    • Developed and ran first student-mentor matching program for 2011 Rochester meeting.
  • Reviewer: Journal of New Music Research, International Symposium on Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMR), Music and the Moving Image, Sound and Music Computing Conference.

University Service

  • Lecture series coordinator for the Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL), NYU 2013-2016
    • Scheduled lectures by visiting scholars, creating and decimating publicity materials
  • Faculty of music representative to the Post Graduate Society’s Student (PGSS) 2011-2012
    • Concurrently served on the PGSS’s governance committee, University’s Academic Policy and Planning committee, and advisory committee on student-administration communication.
  • Vice President (University Affairs) of SSMU, Students’ Society of McGill University (2006-2007)
    • Advocated for students on academic policy, including grading schemes, course evaluations, program reviews, academic integrity, and students’ rights.
    • Coordinated undergraduate representation at level of university and lead caucus of 13 student senators in the university senate
    • Collaborated with student leaders across Quebec and Canada to research policy options and lobby governments in the interest of post-secondary education.


Technical Skills

  • Computer Programming: MatLab, Python, LaTeX, PureData, C
  • Psychological Response Methodologies:
    • Behavioural: Time-continuous ratings, discrete ratings, multiple choice, short text responses.
    • Psychophysiological: Skin conductance, Surface electromyography (sEMG) of facial muscles, Photoplethsmography for blood volume pulse, Respiratory inductance plethysmography.
    • Interactive: Semi-structured interview.
  • Recording skills: Audio recording and production for podcasting and audiobooks
  • Some experience with: Video motion capture, Web programming, Natural language processing, Machine learning, Graphic design, Game design, Data visualization

Musical Skills

  • Instruments: Bassoon, Piano, Percussion (hand drums, auxiliary), Voice (choral: Soprano & Alto)
  • Analytic skills: Harmonic analysis, Classical form, Schenckerian analysis, 12 tone set theory, Counterpoint, Audio signal processing
  • Dance: Scottish Highland dancing (competitive), Urban dance styles, Argentinian tango, Burlesque


English, French

Misc. Experience

  • Producer of the So Strangely Podcast on Recent Research in Music Science
  • 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. (2015-2019)
  • Audiobook narration and production (2013-2015)
  • Volunteer Bike Mechanic and Collective member of The Flat, McGill University’s cooperative bike shop. (2009-2011)


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