PhD in Design
Stephen Neely comes to the School of Design in the midst of a well established career in music. He is a Carnegie Mellon Artist Lecturer in Eurhythmics, a conductor, philosopher, teacher, and clinician. He is the Associate Director of the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center at Carnegie Mellon and teaches the required Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Pedagogy courses for the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. He is the Artistic Director of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, a past President of the Dalcroze Society of America, and collaborated with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh as their Chorusmaster from 1999 – 2010.
Stephen was a featured speaker at TEDxCMU 2012 and will be presenting in Nanjing China again in the Fall 2016. A dynamic speaker and teacher, he enjoys traveling to present hands-on workshops and clinics in the US and around the globe focusing on the overlaps between music, the body, esthetics, performance, and experience.
My research focuses on the physical nature of experience—that is, the ways in which our physical presence/bodies are necessary components of any experience. I am interested in ‘what is heavy’, ‘shifts of weight’, ‘the knowing body’, and the ways that we might reveal, study, and design at the level of the root physical realities of experience.