Mark Whale, PhD, is Professor of Liberal Studies at Humber College, Toronto, where he teaches courses in music, philosophy and general education. Mark studied the violin in London at the Royal Academy of Music, and in Freiburg, Germany. After a career as a violinist and teacher, he completed his PhD in music education at the University of Toronto in 2009. Mark's research centers on the question of musical meaning. In 2014 he gave a TED Talk at Guelph University entitled "Music: Is it just a matter of personal taste?" Currently Mark is working on a podcast series called "The Music Listening Project," (available on iTunes) in which people talk about what it is they hear in music that touches and moves them. In addition to his position as concertmaster of the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark's musical engagements are varied, ranging from solo Bach in Humber's Arboretum, Quartets in Cafes, Piazzola on Youtube, to improvisation and the folk music of Bosnia.