Ask Dr. Van …

in which I answer emails from secondary students

I regularly receive emails from secondary students (junior high/high school) doing research on music theory and/or music cognition for school projects; oftentimes a requirement of their project is contacting an expert in a given field and asking questions.

I can’t always answer all of the emails I get, but I do my best to respond when I can. Sometimes their questions get to a really interesting or important question in the field, and I end up doing a fair amount of research to make sure I’m answering their questions accurately! This is a collection of some of the emails I’ve received and the responses I’ve provided.