Alex Rossi is a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology at UC Davis. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersection of music cognition and ethnomusicology, while also drawing from his background as a certified music educator. Alex’s prior and current work include research on music-motor synchronization in Afro-Brazilian capoeira and Indonesian gamelan, and song-mode matching in historical recordings of capoeira mestres. In addition to these two projects, he is also currently investigating melodic imagery in Andean siku music, and conducting a motion-capture study of motor learning among capoeira practitioners, funded by the first Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC) pilot trainee grant program. Alex is an active member of the Cognitive Ethnomusicology special interest group of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), where he has hosted a roundtable discussion on the role of universals and the juxtaposition of ethnomusicological and cognitive methods of research. Alex has presented for SMPC, SEM, the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), and the Sound, Movement, and the Sciences study group (SoMoS) of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM). Alex is a long-time musician and pedagogue, with over 20 years of instrumental training and over 12 years of teaching experience.