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Dr Andrea Schiavio



Andrea received his PhD in Music from the University of Sheffield (2014), studying musical skill acquisition and development through the lens of embodied cognitive science. After his doctoral studies, he continued this research as postdoctoral fellow in the USA (School of Music, Ohio State University), Turkey (Department of Psychology, Bosphorus University), and Austria (Institute for Music Education, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz) gaining relevant interdisciplinary experience.

From 2017 to 2022, he was based at the Centre of Systematic Musicology of the University of Graz. Here he was PI of a “Stand Alone” project funded by FWF, the Austrian Science Fund, between 2019 and 2022. This grant (€ 441,042.00) allowed him and his collaborators to explore innovative ways to conceptualise, assess, and enhance musical creativity in diverse pedagogical and performative settings. In 2017 he was awarded a “Lise Meitner” Fellowship by FWF (€ 148,480.00) to conduct research on musical participation in teaching and learning, helping to shed new light on the intersubjective nature of music pedagogy.

Andrea is currently President of ESCOM (the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music), and one of three founders and Editors of the newly established book series Music as Art and Science (OUP). In addition to a recently published co-authored monograph for MIT Press (Musical bodies, musical minds. Enactive cognitive science and the meaning of human musicality), his work appears in venues such as Music Perception, Scientific Reports, Psychology of Music, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Journal of Research in Music Education, and The Oxford Handbook of Musical Performance, among others. He joined the University of York in 2022 as a Lecturer in Music Education.

Departmental roles

  • Deputy Head of Research
  • Scholarship Committee



Andrea’s professional interests lie in: (i) the role of action and interaction in musical experience, (ii) the psychology of musical creativity and education, (iii) the acquisition and development of musical skills, (iv) the links between perception, emotion, culture, and music cognition, (v) the philosophical foundations of music psychology, and (vi) the collaboration of science and humanities in music research.


Selected publications

Selected publications (for a complete, up-to-date, list, please visit my personal website)

  • Schiavio, A., Vuoskoski, J., & Kim, Y. (Eds., under contract). Music and the Cognitive Humanities. Oxford University Press.
  • Schiavio, A., van der Schyff, D., Antonini Philippe, R., & Biasutti, M. (2023). Music teachers self-reported views of creativity in the context of their work. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 22(1), 60–80. doi: 10.1177/147402222211256.
  • Antonini Philippe, R., Biasutti, M., van der Schyff, D., & Schiavio, A. (2023). Challenges and understandings of creative practice in professional sport training, PLoS ONE, 18(2), e0279702
  • van der Schyff, D., Schiavio, A., & Elliott, D. (2022). Musical Bodies, Musical Minds. Enactive Cognitive Science and the Meaning of Human Musicality. MIT Press.
  • Schiavio, A., Ryan, K., Moran, N., van der Schyff, D., & Gallagher, S. (2022). By myself but not alone. Agency, creativity, and extended musical historicity. Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 147(2), 533-556. doi: 10.1017/rma.2022.22
  • Schiavio, A., Moran, N., van der Schyff, D., Biasutti, M., & Parncutt, R. (2022). Processes and experiences of creative cognition in seven Western classical composers. Musicae Scientiae, 26(2), 303–325. doi: 10.1177/1029864920943931.
  • Schiavio, A., Biasutti, M., & Antonini Philippe, R. (2021). Creative pedagogies in the time of pandemic. A case study with conservatory students. Music Education Research, 23(2), 167–178. doi: 10.1080/14613808.2021.1881054.
  • Schiavio, A., Stupacher, J., Xypolitaki, E., Parncutt, R. & Timmers, R. (2021). Musical novices perform with equal accuracy when learning to drum alone or with a peer. Scientific Reports, 11, 12422. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-91820-0.
  • Schiavio, A., & Benedek, M. (2020). Dimensions of musical creativity. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 14, 578932. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2020.578932.
  • Schiavio, A., Biasutti, M., van der Schyff, D., & Parncutt, R. (2020). A matter of presence: A qualitative study on teaching individual and collective music classes. Musicae Scientiae, 24(3), 356–376. doi: 10.1177/1029864918808833.
  • Schiavio, A., Stupacher, J., Parncutt, R., & Timmers, R. (2020). Learning music from each other. Synchronization, turn-taking, or imitation? Music Perception, 37(5), 403–422. doi: 10.1525/mp.2020.37.5.403.
  • Schiavio, A., van der Schyff, D., Gande, A., & Kruse-Weber, S. (2019). Negotiating individuality and collectivity in community music. A qualitative case study. Psychology of Music, 47(5), 706–721. doi: 10.1177/0305735618775806.
  • Schiavio, A., & van der Schyff, D. (2018). 4E music pedagogy and the principles of self-organization. Behavioral Sciences, 8(8), 72. doi: 10.3390/bs8080072.
  • van der Schyff, D., Schiavio, A. Walton, A., Velardo, V., & Chemero, A. (2018). Musical creativity and the embodied mind. Exploring the possibilities of 4E Cognition and Dynamical Systems Theory. Music & Science, 1. doi: 10.1177/2059204318792319.
  • Schiavio, A., van der Schyff, D., Cespedes-Guevara, J., & Reybrouck, M. (2017). Enacting musical emotions. Sense-making, dynamic systems, and the embodied mind. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 16(5), 785–809. doi: 10.1007/s11097-016-9477-8.
  • Schiavio, A., van der Schyff, D., Kruse-Weber, S., & Timmers, R. (2017). When the sound becomes the goal. 4E Cognition and Teleomusicality in early infancy. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1585. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01585.
  • van der Schyff, D., & Schiavio, A. (2017). Evolutionary musicology meets embodied cognition. Bio-cultural coevolution and the enactive roots of human musicality. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 11:519. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00519.
  • Schiavio, A., & van der Schyff, D. (2016). Beyond musical qualia. Reflecting on the concept of experience. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, & Brain, 26(4), 366–378.



  • Solo Project


  • Philosophy and Psychology of Music Education
  • Music and Human Flourishing
  • Independent Study Module

External activities


Selected current and recent activities

  • President of ESCOM - European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music
  • Vice-President of SIM - Society for Interdisciplinary Musicology
  • Scientific Committee Member of ICMPC - International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition
  • Associate Member of Music Mind Machine Research Centre, The University of Sheffield
  • Deputy Editor of Musicae Scientiae
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Cognition
  • Associate Editor of Performance Science (Frontiers in Psychology).
  • Series Editor of “Music as Art and Science” (Oxford University Press)
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies


Contact details

Dr Andrea Schiavio
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
University of York
YO10 5GB

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 2938