Music Mentors

NameGabrielle Hooper


Second Year


Undergrad- University of Michigan and MSc- Goldsmiths, University of London

About me:

I am a black woman. I was a dual degree student in undergrad (Cello Performance and Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience). I did a masters in the UK right out of undergrad and then immediately came to Princeton to start my PhD. My hobbies include traveling, learning to bake or cook something new, and volunteering usually with my cello. My research interests this far are generally around Music and memory, medicine, therapy, health and well-being.

Other affiliations:
Trenton Arts at Princeton

How have I benefitted from mentorship?

I have benefited from mentorship my whole life as I have always sought out a mentor in every activity or stage in my life. Whether it was older kids in my youth orchestra, music teachers in my high school, seniors and grad students in my cello studio, grad students in my lab (in undergrad and grad school),or professors in multiple disciplines. I really value the perspective and experience of those that came before me, because I don’t like to make assumptions about my positioning in an institution or organization. Having mentors has always reminded me to remain open minded and acknowledge that there is always room for personal growth! For every struggle or success, I have had a mentor to work with, because each experience I have had is not all that unique. It is not my job to reinvent the wheel, but rather to be the best that I can be. This is what mentorship can often support.

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