Jeanne Bamberger

Job title: 
Adjunct Professor

Jeanne Bamberger has an established record as one of the seminal figures in the fields of music cognition and child development. In addition to being an emeritus from MIT, she has also taught as a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. She received her BA in Music and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota in 1948, and went on to receive an MA in Musicology from Berkeley in 1951. Also an avid performer of solo piano and chamber music, she studied privately with world-renowned pianist and pedagogue Artur Schnabel and internationally known composers Roger Sessions, Olivier Messiaen, and Ernst Krenek. From 1974 to 2003 Bamberger was appointed at MIT as a Professor in Music and Theater in the division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science. Bamberger’s most recent books include The mind behind the musical ear (Harvard University Press, 1995), Developing musical intuitions: A project based introduction to making and understanding music (Oxford University Press, 2000), and Discovering the musical mind: A view of creativity as learning (Oxford University Press, 2013). Bamberger continues to be quite active in her field.