Johanna Will

Research Focus

  • Music in early childhood development 
  • Development of rhythm abilites
  • Perception of consonance and dissonance


Academic Education


Master of Science in Psychology at Justus-Liebig-University Gießen with focus on „development and disorders in childhood“, Master Thesis „ Perception of musical consonance and dissonance in 4-year-old children: Investigating discrimination ability and preference“ 

2014–2017Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Bachelor Thesis: „The interrelation between musical aptitude, music lessons and personality: A comparison between 9- to 10-year old children and adults”


Since 04/2020PhD Student, Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main


  • Musical development in children

    How do children learn to sing melodies and produce rhythms? How do they develop musical taste? How do they learn to understand and use music in various situations? Can we boost spontaneous, implicit musical learning with educational ...