Frank Diaz

Frank Diaz

Associate Professor, Music Education


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

Research interests

My research interests focus on the role of emotion and attention in musical experience. I examine how these factors 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 factors may be studied using neurophenomenological and embodied cognition frameworks.

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

Representative publications

A neurophenomenological investigation of mindfulness among collegiate musicians (2020)
Frank Diaz, Jason Silveira, and Katherine Strand
Journal of Research in Music Education, 68 351-374

Relationships among meditation, perfectionism, mindfulness, and performance anxiety among collegiate music students (2018)
Frank M Diaz
Journal of Research in Music Education, 66 (2), 150-167

Expressing emotion through vocal performance: Acoustic cues and the effects of a mindfulness induction (2018)
Daphne Tan, Frank M Diaz and Peter Miksza
Psychology of Music, 3.05736E+14

Mindfulness, attention, and flow during music listening: An empirical investigation (2013)
Frank M Diaz
Psychology of Music, 41 (1), 42-58

The effect of subtitles on listeners’ perceptions of expressivity (2014)
Jason M Silveira and Frank M Diaz
Psychology of music, 42 (2), 233-250

Dimensions of flow in academic and social activities among summer music camp participants (2013)
Frank M Diaz and Jason Silveira
International Journal of Music Education, 31 (3), 310-320

Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation among collegiate instrumentalists (2010)
Frank M Diaz
Contributions to Music Education, 23-35

Music and affective phenomena: A 20-year content and bibliometric analysis of research in three eminent journals (2014)
Frank M Diaz and Jason M Silveira
Journal of Research in Music Education, 62 (1), 66-77

A preliminary investigation into the effects of a brief mindfulness induction on perceptions of attention, aesthetic response, and flow during music listening (2010)
Frank M Diaz

Listening and musical engagement: An exploration of the effects of different listening strategies on attention, emotion, and peak affective experiences (2015)
Frank M Diaz
Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 33 (2), 27-33

Music as competition for focus of attention (2009)
CK Madsen, FM Diaz and JM Geringer
American Music Therapy Association National Conference, San Diego, CA,

The effect of skill level on instrumentalists’ perceptions of flow: An exploratory study (2012)
Anna K Waite and Frank M Diaz
Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, 49 23-Jan