Matt Chiu is a music theorist, organist, and programmer. He uses computational approaches for music analysis and investigates how such methods inform our music pedagogy and shape our perception. He has presented papers nationally and internationally and published on topics including machine learning methods for harmony and scales, the perception of pop vs. folk musical melodies, vocal delivery in punk and emo, and music-language analogs.
Prior to Illinois, he earned music theory degrees from the University of Connecticut and Boston University, and he will defend his dissertation at the Eastman School of Music in August 2022.
Matt has directed musicals, arranged music for a circus, directed choirs, and been a bar pianist. In his free time, he likes to take photos, bird watch, and play piano with his four-hands partner (and partner) Eron.