Frank Diaz

Frank Diaz

Associate Professor, Music Education


  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Florida State University, 2010
  • M.F.A., Instrumental Conducting, University of South Florida, 2003
  • B.M.E., Florida State University, 1998

Professional experience

  • Public School Music Teacher, Various, 1998-2010
  • Assistant Professor of Music Education, University of Oregon, 2010-2015
  • Associate Professor of Music Education and Music Therapy, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2015-2016
  • Associate Professor of Music (Education), Indiana University, 2016-present

Research interests

My research interests focus on the role of attention as a mediating variable in musical experience. I examine how variations in attention affect musical processing, performance, teaching, affective response, and meaning-making. Specifically, I am interested in how changes to attention and emotion as induced by contemplative practices such as mindfulness affect musical experience, and how these variable may be studied using neurophenomenological and embodied cognition frameworks.

Representative publications

  • Diaz, F. (2018). Relationships between meditation, perfectionism, mindfulness, and performance anxiety among collegiate music students. Journal of Research in Music Education, 2, 150-167. doi: 10.1177/0022429418765447
  • Diaz, F. (2015). Listening and musical engagement: An exploration of the effects of different listening strategies on attention, emotion, and peak affective experiences. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 33(2), 27-33. doi: 10.1177/8755123314540665
  • Diaz, F. & Silveira, J. (2014). Music and affective phenomena: A 20-year content and bibliometric analysis of research in three eminent journals. Journal of Research in Music Education, 62, 66-77.
  • Silveria, J. & Diaz, F. (2014). The effect of subtitles on listeners’ perceptions of expressivity. Psychology of Music, 6, 2012.
  • Diaz, F. (2013). Mindfulness, attention, and flow during music listening: An empirical investigation. Psychology of Music, 41, 42-58. doi: 10.1177/0305735611415144