I am working towards a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. I hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology and music from the University of Minnesota, where I co-authored Basic Music Technology: An Introduction (2018) with my colleagues there. Then, I received my M.M. in Music Theory from Louisiana State University in 2020. My recent empirical works focus on emotional perceptions of lyrics and auditory distractions among musicians, published in Musicae Scientiae. My current dissertation research explores how vocal timbre facilitates the construction of gender identities in Japanese popular music, which received the Komar Award from Music Theory Midwest. Outside of academia, I enjoy performing the carillon at the bell towers in Ann Arbor. 

Curriculum Vitae  (updated April 2024)




Yiqing Ma, David J Baker, Katherine M Vukovics, Connor Davis, Emily Elliott. (2023) “Lyrics and melodies: Do both affect emotions equally? A replication and extension of Ali and Peynircioğlu (2006).” Musicae Scientiae

Guerino Mazzola, Yan Pang, William Heinze, Kyriaki Gkoudina, Gian Afrisando Pujakusuma, Jacob Grunklee, Zilu Chen, Tianxue Hu, Yiqing Ma. (2018) Basic Music Technology: An Introduction. Springer International Publishing, ISSN 1868-0305

Awards and Grants

Guest Lectures

Yiqing Ma. February 2023. Popular Music of East Asia. Global Popular Music. Louisiana Tech University. Ruston, LA

Yiqing Ma. October 2021. Emotional Responses to Music and its Underlying Mechanisms. MUS 4113: Analytical Techniques, John Brown University. Siloam Springs, AR


Professional Workshops