Building Musical Bridges

It’s not often that a student and faculty member enjoy the same music. Kurt Reh ’13 and Associate Professor of Psychology Cheryl Stuntz are no exception, but they agree that music stereotypes are worth some research.

Reh, a music-psychology double major, worked with Stuntz on a St. Lawrence University Fellowship during the summer of 2012. Titled “Examining Music Stereotypes: What Music Says about You,” the project focused on a third parties’ stereotypes of music listeners, and allowed Kurt to combine his love for music with his career interests in psychology.

“People wear band t-shirts, hang posters in their rooms: why do they do that?” Kurt asked, to begin his research. “Does it influence what others think of them?”

“I strongly believe that psychology is an applied science,” Stuntz says, adding that she enjoyed helping Reh apply his passion to an academic pursuit. Kurt plays his bass and banjo in various campus bands, and lives in the Arts Annex, a music-based theme house on campus.

“Working with a mentor one-on-one really added to what I’ve learned in the classroom,” Kurt says of the summer fellowship.  He hopes the combination of music with psychology will carry over into a future career.

--Molly Lunn ’12