Stephen Neely

Stephen Neely

PhD in Transition Design

Stephen Neely comes to the School of Design in the midst of a well-established career in music. He is a Carnegie Mellon Assistant Professor of Eurhythmics, a conductor, philosopher, teacher, and clinician. He is the 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 a past President of the Dalcroze Society of America and collaborated with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh as their Chorusmaster from 1999 – 2010.

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, design, the body, esthetics, performance, and experience. Stephen was a featured speaker at TEDxCMU 2012.

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 ‘shifts of weight’, ‘the knowing body’, 'soma-literacy', and the ways that we might reveal, study, and design at the level of the root physical realities of experience. 

Dissertation title: Soma Literacy and Corporeal Design, a cross-disciplinary thesis on design and the body. (to be submitted 4/2019).

Neely S. Soma-Deep as a Marker for Idealized Experience. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing2017, Vol 585, pp 127-134, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-60495-4_14