Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Imperial College Choir: Mendelssohn Elijah

Tickets: £3/£7 in advance £4/£9 on the door Conducted by Dr Colin Durrant Baritone Soloist - Jonathan Gunthorpe Friday 11 December, 7.30pm Great Hall, Imperial College London

Saturday, November 28, 2009

the university of london chamber choir: Christmas concert

christmas carols for choir & audience the university of london chamber choir

friday 18th december 2009 - 18.30 st george's church, bloomsbury wc1 tickets available on the door (£9 / £4) www.ulchamberchoir.co.uk

Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART): CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT

with Music from around the world, with acts from Africa & Asia
In support of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART)
17th December 2009
Tickets: £10 (£8 concession)
Tickets can be ordered by ringing: 020 8204 7336
or collection at the door.

St George's Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury Way
www.hart-uk.org org.uk

Monday, November 9, 2009

MUSIC SACRED AND PROFANE: an evening with the university of london chamber choir

an evening with the university of london chamber choir
conducted by colin durrant
friday 20th november 2009 - 19.30
st george's church, bloomsbury wc1
tickets available on the door (£9 / £4)

Orsino Ensemble at St George's Bloomsbury

On Saturday November 28th St George's new Ensemble-in-Residence will
perform their first full concert performance.

Formed in 2008, the Orsino Ensemble is an exciting group of London
based musicians brought together by a passion for chamber music. With
twelve musicians consisting of widely interchangeable combinations of
winds, strings, piano, and harp, Orsino has proven its success in a
wide variety of musical performances.

With a wide repertoire that draws on Classical, Romantic and
20th-Century works, the ensemble has not only performed in recitals
around the London area but has also performed new works in
collaboration with other artists, including members of the Royal

Please join us for this exciting event. Programme details are below.

Pre-booked tickets will be £10, so book now!

Orsino Ensemble
St George's Bloomsbury
Saturday November 28th 7.30 pm

Britten: Sinfonietta
Debussy: Trio for harp, flute and viola
Francaix: L'heure de Berger
Janacek: Concertino
Prokofiev: Quintet

Tickets: £12 full / £10 prebooked / £8 concession
Schoolchildren free

To make a prebooked reservation email:
or phone 020 7242 1979 / 07878 411 300

St George's Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury Way

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Call for papers: 11th International Conference on Music Perception & Cognition (ICMPC)

11th International Conference on Music Perception & Cognition
Seattle, WA, August 23-27, 2010
University of Washington School of Music

The International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition is an
interdisciplinary conference devoted to the dissemination of new,
unpublished research relating to the field of music perception and
cognition. The conference is relevant for university and industry
researchers and graduate students working in psychology, cognitive
neuroscience, music theory and composition, psychophysics, music
performance, music education, music therapy and music medicine,
neurophysiology, ethnomusicology, developmental psychology, linguistics,
artificial intelligence, computer technology, and other related fields of
inquiry. The 11th biennial meeting of the conference will be held in
Seattle, Washington on the campus of the University of Washington.

Submissions are invited for:
* spoken papers
* poster presentations
* symposia and
* workshops

All submissions should relate to the cognitive sciences of music. Authors
are kindly requested to submit their abstract by filling in the appropriate
online form available at: http://depts.washington.edu/icmpc11/index.html.

The maximum abstract length is 400 words. The submission deadline is
December 15, 2009. The conference language is English and spoken papers,
posters, conference proceedings, and publications will all be in English.
All paper submissions will be considered for both spoken paper and poster
presentation unless the author specifically requests that the submission
only be considered for one or the other. Information about paper
presentations, poster dimensions, deadlines for the proceedings document and
other requirements will be communicated to authors following acceptance.

IMPORTANT: The organizers would like to provide equal opportunities to each
of the conference applicants. If you wish to present multiple papers as the
first author, please consider submitting your proposals under different
formats (i.e., symposium, spoken presentation, poster presentation,
workshop). We believe that the format by itself does not represent the
quality of contribution. However, exceptions may be allowed when the
organizers acknowledge the value of multiple contributions.

Submission guidelines
1) Spoken papers and Poster presentations Spoken Papers will be allocated 30
min, including 20 min for the presentation, 5 min for questions and answers
and 5 min for the preparation for the next presentation. Research Posters
will have designated time slots and presentation space assigned in the
conference schedule. There will be dedicated sessions for poster
presentations at the conference that do not conflict with any other
activity. Poster presenters may display their work starting in the morning
of the assigned day and then be present with their poster during the
assigned time. Poster sessions provide an excellent opportunity for
conversation and socializing. NOTE: All submissions will be considered for
both a spoken paper or a poster unless the author(s) specifically request on
the submission form that they only be considered for one of the two.

2) Symposia will consist of a set of integrated spoken papers related to a
theme. The total time allocated for a symposium will be 90-120 minutes,
typically consisting of three to four papers and a discussion. Symposium
conveners are asked to coordinate the submission of papers under one
heading. A discussant should also be provided. Thus, the Symposium
organizers should provide the following information: a) a 350-word general
description of the organized session with its significance for the
conference audience; b) authors and title and abstract of each contribution;
c) name of discussant. It is not mandatory but preferable that the symposium
consists of speakers (including a discussant) from at least two different
countries to promote international viewpoints and discussions.

3) Workshops will provide an opportunity to demonstrate various practical
aspects related to educational and therapeutic methods and settings. The
time allotted for workshop sessions is 60 min/session.

Suggested topic areas include:

* Acoustics and psychoacoustics Music and meaning
* Aesthetic perception and response Music and movement
* Cognitive modeling of music Music and neuroscience
* Cognitive musicology Music and personality
* Composition and improvisation Music and well-being
* Cross-cultural studies of music Music education
* Memory and music Music performance
* Musical development Music therapy
* Musical timbre Pitch and tonal perception
* Music and emotions Rhythm, meter, and timing
* Music and evolution Social psychology of music
* Music and language


All submissions will be anonymously reviewed by members of the ICMPC11
Scientific Advisory Board. Notification of acceptance will be sent to the
corresponding author by March 1,

Important Dates

December 15, 2009 - Abstract submission due
March 1, 2010 - Notification of acceptance
April 30, 2010 - Early registration ends

ICMPC 11 Organizing Committee
Steven M. Demorest, Chair
Steven J. Morrison
Patricia Shehan Campbell

ICMPC 11 Conference Advisory Board
Mayumi Adachi
Anna Rita Addessi
Eugenia Costa Giomi
Roger Kendall
Scott Lipscomb
Jukka Louhivuori
Aniruddh D. Patel
Kate Stevens
William Thompson

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

3rd international conference on Narrative Inquiry Music and Education

From November 24–27, 2010, the School of Music at University of
Queensland will convene the 3rd international conference on Narrative
Inquiry Music and Education. Further information on the conference
might be found at the following website:


Please distribute to your networks.

Call for Papers & Submissions.

Deadline May 15, 2010.

Abstracts or full papers may be submitted for consideration.

•Abstracts of 500 words should indicate preference for one of the
following three modes of presentation:
•Paper Session: Paper presentation, followed by chaired discussion.
Grouped papers (3) of 25 minutes presentation followed by group
discussion (15 minutes);
•Symposium: Three to five related papers by different authors
addressing a single topic or theme scheduled in one 90-minute session
and hosted by a moderator or discussant proposed by the authors;
•Narrative Gallery: The Narrative Gallery is a one-hour forum for
presentation of vignettes from ongoing inquiry or works in progress.
Presenters are asked to dialogue with conference participants during
the forum.
•Papers of 5000 words or more (excluding references) should indicate
either Paper Session or Symposium as described above.
•A brief curriculum vitae should be attached.

Submissions will be reviewed by a conference advisory board comprised
of international scholars in narrative inquiry and in music, the arts,
and education. Criteria for acceptance include use of narrative in the
conduct and reporting of inquiry, a clear theoretical framework, and
relevance to the fields of music, the arts, and/or education.

Conference presenters will be notified by June 15, 2010.

Submissions may be made electronically in RTF as an attachment to
Enquiries to Margaret Barrett, School of Music, The University of
Queensland, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia.
Further information may be obtained from: www.nime3.com

Authors in all categories may also submit papers accepted for
presentation at NIME3 for consideration for publication in Research
Studies in Music Education. Papers must conform to the specifications
of the journal and are subject to review by the editorial boards.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Commonwealth Voices

Do you like singing? Are you aged between 18 and 35? Are you from a Commonwealth country or do you have family roots in a Commonwealth country? Would you like to be part of a choir that sings music from around the Commonwealth in a range of languages and styles? If so, you should join this fresh and exciting choir: New Commonwealth Voices, which is being managed by the Royal Commonwealth Society. Our aim is to gather a choir of up to 100 singers with at least one singer from each of the Commonwealth's 53 member countries! You could sing at the Commonwealth Carol Service in St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, in December. You may even have the chance to sing in front of H.M. The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, at the Commonwealth Day Observance in Westminster Abbey. Weekly rehearsals will be held on Mondays from 7 – 9 pm, at the Commonwealth Club, just off Trafalgar Square (near Charing Cross and Embankment stations). Group auditions will be held between 5 – 8 on Monday 28th September, 5th and 12th October. The first rehearsal will be on 26th October. There will be a joining fee of £20 per person. To find out more, and to book your place at a group audition, please contact Christine Cunnold at christine.cunnold@thercs.org or 020 7766 9209.

Monday, August 3, 2009

music education: a vision for the future

Faculty of Music Education, Helwan University, Egypt; is planning its
1st International Conference to be held in Feb. 9-11 - 2010. Our
Keynote speaker will be the renowned Professor Jere T. Humphreys
(professor of music at Arizona State University (ASU), is the
contributing editor for music education for the New Grove Dictionary
of American Music (2nd ed.) and a section editor for the Oxford
Handbook of Music Education, both forthcoming from Oxford University
Press. He has served as editor of the Journal of Historical Research
in Music Education and on the editorial committees of twelve national
and international journals; a reviewer for the U.S. National Endowment
for the Humanities, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of
Canada, and numerous scholarly presses; and a consultant and research
team member for the European Union and U.S. National Endowment for the

The Conference will be dealing with issues related to "music
education: a vision for the future." To read more about the conference
and the registration, please go to this URL:


Monday, June 29, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Duruflé Requiem

university of london chamber choir
& imperial college chamber choir
conducted by colin durrant
friday 3rd july 2009 - 8pm
tickets available on the door
james madison university singers
& the madison singers
conducted by patrick walders
holy trinity church, prince consort rd
south kensington, sw7

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Usability of Music for the Social Inclusion of Children (UMSIC)


Friday, May 8, 2009

Professor Welch gives keynote presentation for Italian Government

Invited keynote presentation to the Emilia Romagna regional conference as part of the National Project on Music Education in Italy, Bologna 27 May 2008

[presentation slides (PDF)]

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Creativity and Hybrid Genres in Music Education

Professor David G. Hebert, Sibelius Academy, Finland

Monday 15th June, 12.00 – 1.00, room: 944

Further details from Lucy Green, l.green@ioe.ac.uk

All are welcome


Taking a cross-cultural and historical perspective, this seminar will consider how new music genres develop through creative hybridity and become institutionalized in educational systems. The process by which jazz, popular music and 'world music' genres are adopted, as well as the way their adaptation is rationalized, highlights ideological dimensions of schooling, and opens important questions regarding the ultimate objectives and outcomes of music education.


Professor David G. Hebert is a Visiting Research Scholar with the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto) and Professor with the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), where he mentors doctoral students and contributes to the departments of Music Education, Jazz Studies, Folk Music, and Music Technology. An instrumental music educator and ethnomusicologist, his previous academic positions were with Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), Tokyo Gakugei University (Japan), Te Wananga o Aotearoa (New Zealand), and Boston University (United States). His research, which intersects ethnomusicology and music education, is published (or forthcoming/in press) with 15 different refereed journals and 10 books.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Professor Welch on BBC Radio4

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8003000/8003683.stm With over 20 million views on the video sharing website YouTube and features appearing in newspapers around the world, the overnight stardom of Britain's Got Talent contestant Susan Boyle has highlighted the quality - and popularity - of choirs in the UK. Stephen Rhys, conductor of the Putney Choral Society, the choir itself, and Graham Welch, professor of music education at the Institute of Education in London, explain the benefits of being in a choir.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sunday Recital Series concerts at St George’s Bloomsbury

St George's Bloomsbury's Sunday Recital Series is a season
of recitals taking place on Sundays at 16.00. Each concert
lasts approximately 60 minutes and admission is free (retiring

Since 2006, our Sunday Recital Series has included concerts
by leading professional and amateur musicians from across
London and the South of England.


Thursday, March 5, 2009



The ideal candidate should have a PHD focusing on Music Education and
should have considerable experience in research and teaching at the
tertiary level. A demonstrated record of the relevant research and
publication will be an asset.

The lecturer will report to the Head, Institute of Education and the
duties of the post include:
.       Provide leadership and support to tertiary institutions in the
region on aspects of Music Education through policy advice to various

·       Facilitate the development, review and revision of Music
Education courses that are part of the programmes for the Diploma in
Teaching and  Bachelor in Education ;

·       Develop appropriate methods for programme delivery and assessment;

·       Provide quality assurance services to teacher education
institutions in Jamaica and the Western Caribbean.

·       Provide professional development (e.g. Curriculum design,
teaching methods, assessment and materials development) for lecturers
in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries served by the Institute of
Education/ Joint Board of Teacher Education;

·       Conduct research in music teaching and teacher education,
publish research findings on an annual basis;

·       Develop and present music education courses at the post
graduate level as well as short courses and seminars for professional

·       Teach and supervise students at the graduate level;

Applicants are required to submit curriculum vitae inclusive of the
names and addresses of three references to hrmd.sed@uwimona.edu.jm or
to The Human Resource Officer – Staffing, The University of The West
Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica,West Indies. The final date for
receipt of application is March 31, 2009. The University of the West
Indies thanks all applicants; however, only short listed applicants
will be contacted.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Joan Chissell Schumann Prize at the Royal College of Music

Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at 10:00

The launch of a major new RCM competition to represent the works of
Robert Schumann. This year pianists compete for £5000 prize money.


Monday, March 2, 2009

ulcc spring concert

ULCC SPRING CONCERT music to include: *bach - lobet den herrn *howells - take him earth for cherishing *haydn - missa brevis st. joannis (little organ mass)

university of london chamber choir conducted by colin durrant friday 20th march 2009 - 19.30 st george's bloomsbury, wc1 tickets £8/£5 available on the door www.ulchamberchoir.co.uk

Sunday, February 8, 2009

To What Extent Can the Study of World Music Promote Children's Intercultural Understanding?

Professor Lily Chen-Hafteck, Kean University, NJ, USA

Date: Tues 3rd March

Time: 12.00 – 1.00

Room: 938

Further details from Lucy Green, l.green@ioe.ac.uk

All are welcome


If music is an expression of culture, then to what extent can learning the music of an unfamiliar culture enhance understanding of the culture and its people? I have conducted a research study in which I introduced 250 children in New York city to a ten-week interdisciplinary program on Chinese music and culture. As a result of this program, the elementary children showed evidence of an increase in cultural and musical knowledge; higher motivation; a more positive attitude towards people from other cultures; and greater self-confidence for students from the minority cultures. As follow-up, I expanded the study to New Jersey, introducing the music and culture of Cuba in addition to those of China. In this talk, I will report on these research projects and discuss their implications for music education practice.


Lily Chen-Hafteck, PhD, is currently Associate Professor of Music Education and Assistant Chair of the Music Department at Kean University, NJ, USA. Originally from Hong Kong, she holds a doctorate in music education from the University of Reading in the UK and has held teaching and research positions at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, University of Surrey Roehampton in the UK and the Hong Kong Baptist University. Her research publications focus on early childhood music education, particularly cultural issues and children's singing. She serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Music Education, Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, and the Music Education Research International. She is the chair of ISME (International Society for Music Education) Young Professionals Focus Group, a former member of its Board of Directors and former chair of its Early Childhood Commission.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bridging the gap: Informal learning practices as a pedagogy of integration

Music Education Special Interest Group Research Seminar Announcement Bridging the gap: Informal learning practices as a pedagogy of integration

Dr. Heloisa Feichas, School of Music, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Date: Tuesday 17th February Time: 12.00 Room: 944, Institute of Education

Further details from Lucy Green, l.green@ioe.ac.uk All are welcome


Music courses at universities in Brazil have to deal with a huge amount of diversity in terms of students' backgrounds. The number of students with backgrounds and experience in popular musics has been increasing, which also means diversity in musical genres and styles. Consequently students have different expectations and motivations in their learning processes. The problem is how to deal with such diversity at the institution. How is the inclusion and integration of students with different backgrounds in the Music School system possible? Are the students, as well as the skills and knowledge embodied in their previous learning processes, respected and valued? To what extent does the Music School control what is to be taught and how to teach it, thus shaping all the students in the same mould? This presentation is about pedagogical strategies in Brazilian Higher Education, in which informal music learning practices help the integration of students with different backgrounds. These strategies encourage students' diversity and inclusion, and help to bridge the gap between the students' own musical practices and what they are expected to learn at the institution. This forms a pedagogy of diversity, inclusion, creativity and integration. Students have more autonomy and the teacher is a facilitator of the process so that the idea of partnership prevails. The pedagogical strategies will be illustrated through examples of aural training classes, which are compulsory for all the students at Music School.


Heloisa Feichas completed her PhD in Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, in 2006. Her thesis is entitled 'Formal and Informal Music Learning in Brazilian Higher Education'. She was awarded her Masters degree in Music Education at the same institution in 2000. She has a Bachelors in Piano from the School of Music of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, where she is currently a lecturer. She has presented papers in conferences, and given workshops about Brazilian popular music in Brazil and many other countries, including Canada, Germany, Cyprus, England, Holland and Norway. She has worked in cooperation with the Music School of Pitea from Lulea University in Sweden in 2004/2005. Currently she is starting partnerships with the Connect Project from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Boomtown project in Sweden. Heloisa has been working with music education for nearly 20 years in Brazil, teaching children, adolescents and undergraduate students, and exploring new teaching methods in which creativity, improvisation and popular music are key words.

Monday, January 5, 2009

4th MERYC Conference

Bologna, Piazza Maggiore

The 4th MERYC Conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Education, Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna.

The Meryc 2009 Conference will be sponsored by: Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, Department of Music and Performing Arts-University of Bologna, European Society for the Cognitive Science of Music (ESCOM), Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE).

The focus of MERYC 2009 is interdisciplinary discussion and dissemination of new, unpublished research relating to the field of music and childhood (0-8 years), in education (school and extracurricular contexts) and everyday life, both in theoretical research and innovative approaches to practice. MERYC2009 aims to promote the participation of researchers and educators from the East European countries, by network relationships and economic support. The main aim of MERYC is to improve European research and practice with young children and music. For this reason, only European people will act as presenters at the MERYC Conference. Educators and researchers from other continents can attend the Conference as participant not presenting.

conference website: http://www.meryc2009.scform.unibo.it/