Meeting Information

We are happy to announce that the 32nd annual meeting of New England Sequencing and Timing (NEST) will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at the University of Connecticut. This year’s theme is Music and Movement. Related topics include but are not limited to:

  • Groove
  • Music and dance
  • Bodily movement in music performance
  • Music and movement in early childhood development
  • Rhythm and music-based therapy and rehabilitation

See below for information on abstract submission, registration, lodging and transportation.

Important dates:

  • Deadline for abstract submission: March 1st
  • Notification to accepted authors: March 8th
  • Registration deadline: April 2nd

Location: University of Connecticut, Bousfield Psychology Building, Room A106

We hope you will join us!

In-person interactions and social gatherings are a cherished hallmark of NEST.  More information coming soon!

Click here to see Local Arrangements information (including parking and maps)

Call for Abstracts

Please use this form for abstract submissions. The NEW deadline for abstracts is March 1st, 2024. 

We welcome abstract submissions for short (20 mins.) or long (45 mins.) talks.  NEST is traditionally a local/regional workshop. We accept submissions from outside the New England area this year, however, only in-person presentations will be accepted. Related topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Groove
  • Music and dance
  • Bodily movement in music performance
  • Music and movement in early childhood development
  • Rhythm and music-based therapy and rehabilitation

Please send questions to:  musicdynamicslab@gmail.com

Information regarding registration, lodging and transportation can be found on this page and will be updated as the event approaches.

Contact Us

All updates about NEST 2024 will be sent via email.

Contact us at musicdynamicslab@gmail.com com with any questions.

If you know someone who is interested in joining the NEST family, please let us know so we can add them to our email list.

History of NEST

The idea of the NEST meetings was hatched over breakfast in New Orleans at the November 1990 meeting of the Psychonomics Society. Charles Collyer, David Rosenbaum, Jonathan Vaughan, and Daniel Willingham, all of whom were then working in the greater New England area, decided to get together soon at a place closer to home and discuss their research. This they did in January of 1991 in Amherst. The NEST acronym, which invokes the hierarchically nested structure of rhythms and sequences, was coined at this first informal meeting.

The second NEST meeting was already more structured, and gradually the meetings reached their current size of about 40 attendees. The first four meetings were held at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, organized by David Rosenbaum. After his departure for Penn State in the summer of 1994, Charles Collyer hosted the next five meetings at Brown University in Providence. Bruno Repp took over as organizer in 2000, with meetings being held first at Yale University and more recently at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven. In 1998, a book edited by Rosenbaum and Collyer was published which is known informally as “The Best of NEST.” To view its contents, click here.

NEST Abstract Book Archives

Edward Large and the Music Dynamics Lab have hosted NEST since 2017. The abstract books from the years hosted by UConn are listed below:

2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 2021 2023