Rita Pfeiffer received her Master's in Speech-Language Pathology at Vanderbilt University in 2016, having received a B.A. in Neuroscience, with a minor in Music, from Middlebury College. Her research interests include language and social development, audiovisual integration, neuroscience, and music cognition.
Efforts included the development of a rhythmic speech production paradigm as a way to measure speech rhythm sensitivity. she also completed a Master's Thesis on SERENADE, a study measuring the social and communication impact for preschool children with Autism participating in parent-child music enrichment classes.
As a Nashville native, she is a passionate multi-instrumentalist and composer. Her background is diverse, ranging from Bach Festivals, all-state symphonies, bluegrass fiddling, Hospice singing, and songwriting. Some of her previous music efforts have been featured on WNYC Public Radio’s Studio 360 and The Nashville Scene: