Daniel J. Levitin is the Dean of Arts and Humanities at the Minerva Schools of KGI, a member of the Claremont College consortium. He is also the Director of the Laboratory for Music Cognition and Expertise at McGill University, one of the leading laboratories in the world for the study of music and the brain.
As a musician, he has performed with Mel Tormé, David Byrne, Rosanne Cash, Ben Sidran and Blue Oyster Cult. Levitin served as Vice President and later President of 415/Columbia Records (now Sony Records) from 1984-1988. He has produced and served as an audio quality consultant on records and CDs by Stevie Wonder, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Steely Dan and Chris Isaak; records and CDs to which he contributed have sold in excess of 30 million copies. From 1996 - 1998 he worked at Interval Research Corporation, the Silicon Valley think tank owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. In 1999, Levitin helped to form one of the first internet music distribution companies, MoodLogic, Inc., sold in 2006 to AMG, Inc. He has served as a new technology consultant for Microsoft, Apple Computer, Nissan Motor Corporation, AT&T, Philips Electronics, and the United States Navy.
Levitin has published over 100 scientific articles and 300 articles for the general public on music and music technology. For his technical and marketing contributions to the recording industry, Levitin has been awarded 15 gold or platinum records, and two of his projects received Oscar nominations. He is the author of the international best-selling books "This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession" and "The World In Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature." (Penguin).