Friday, December 27, 2013

Fwd: CALL FOR PAPERS - Organological Congress 2014 PORTUGAL

Encontro Científico Internacional para Estudos sobre Som e Instrumentos Musicais



International Scientific Meeting for Sound and Musical Instrument Studies


19 & 20/07, Museu Nogueira da Silva, Braga, Portugal





Submissions are now open for the 2014 Organological Congress organized by   ANIMUSIC-Portugal in collaboration with the Museum Nogueira da Silva and the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal.


The central objective of this conference is to bring together professionals, researchers, makers and players with an interest in the broad field of Organology. We therefore welcome proposals for papers, panels, and posters that relate to the science of musical instruments in areas such as musicology, social history, archaeology, museology, engineering, electronics, acoustics, decorative arts, iconography, psychology, or on issues related to the performance or use of musical instruments. As in the previous conferences, we particularly encourage performance practice, lecture-recitals and commented recitals, promoting the dialogue between science and art. This year's main theme is Tradition and Modernity, following the crossroads so typical in Organology. We look forward to abstracts which describe original and technically excellent research with critical standpoints. The title, abstract (in English, of up to 300 words), and a biographical note (in English, up to 100 words) should be received by email on or before the 31st of March of 2014. The results will be communicated individually after being peer-reviewed by the scientific committee, not later than the 15th of April. The official language is English due to the large number of international participants. Papers presented at the Organological Congress may be submitted for publication in the conference proceedings.


Please send submissions to


For further and updated information please check the website or contact us at

ANIMUSIC - Portugal

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fwd: Learning to sing in adulthood: From 'non-singer' to nightingale - Guildhall School - Monday 6 January






Dear all,


We are delighted to announce details of a forthcoming event as part of the Guildhall ResearchWorks series:

Monday 6 January Ÿ 5 - 6.45pm Ÿ Lecture Recital Room/room 210


Adult non-singers workshop: Learning to sing in adulthood: From 'non-singer' to nightingale

Chaired by Dr Karen Wise and Professor John Sloboda, this seminar explores different perspectives on the journey of overcoming singing difficulties in adulthood. Speakers: Prof Graham Welch, William Leigh Knight, Margaret Frood.


Admission free

Please visit: to book your place

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fwd: PhD studentships at the University of Hull

PhD Studentships in Music

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of
Hull is offering 13 full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships or International
Fees Bursaries for candidates applying within the Faculty of Arts and
Social Sciences, including the areas listed below.

Closing date: - 3rd February 2014.

Studentships will start on 29th September 2014

Music (from the School of Drama, Music and Screen) invites
applications from prospective graduates wishing to undertake research
at PhD level in musicology, composition, or performance (including

Proposals will be considered from candidates with research projects
that relate to music staff specialisms (see music staff pages on the

In musicology, students wishing to specialize in British music,
18th-century opera, jazz/popular music studies, music psychology,
record production, or words/music (including Shakespeare and music)
are encouraged.

In composition, supervision is available in both acoustic and
electro-acoustic/sonic arts practice.

In performance, students can embrace classical, jazz and/or popular traditions.

Music at Hull has a vibrant research culture and a record of
high-quality achievement. The School boasts distinguished scholars and
practitioners in the research areas named above.

To apply, please visit:

Fwd: PhD Scholarship - Music and AI modelling


PhD Scholarship in the Field of Music and Artificial Intelligence


Start date: 01 April 2014

Plymouth University's Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music
Research (ICCMR) invite applications for doctoral scholarship to
develop a cross-disciplinary project in collaboration with Plymouth
University's Marine Institute, University of St. Andrews' School of
Biology and the Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory (CEAL) at
the University of Queensland, Australia.

The scholarship covers full-time UK/EU tuition fees rates and a
bursary at current research-council rates for full-time study (£13,726
per year in 2013/2014) for 3 years.

This scholarship is part of an unprecedented project funded by The
Leverhulme Trust to study the cultural evolution of humpback whale
song using agent-based modelling and computer music technology. This
is an innovative cross-disciplinary project, aimed at new insights in
our understanding of marine mammal cultures.

On winter breeding grounds, male humpbacks produce hierarchically
structured songs with repeated complex themes. The song evolves
structurally over time. Males sing virtually identical songs on
breeding grounds thousands of kilometres apart, and the songs on these
different grounds evolve in a coordinated way. Currently, we have
little understanding of this. In this project we will utilize computer
modelling to study this phenomenon.


The successful candidate is expected to hold a good undergraduate
degree (2.1 or above) in Computing or Music Technology with a strong
programming syllabus, or other relevant discipline. They will also
hold a Masters qualification in a relevant subject. Knowledge of
implementing machine learning, Artificial Life simulations and signal
processing techniques are also highly desirable. Non-native speakers
of English are required to have IELTS 6.5 or above.

Note: Those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK are not
eligible for this funding. The successful candidate will be required
to be resident in/near Plymouth for the duration of the scholarship.

Further information & how to apply:

For more information about research at ICCMR please refer to:

More about this post:

For an application form and full details on how to apply, please visit
the website below and follow the link 'how to apply' to the
application form:

Applications should be sent direct to Susan Matheron by email:


a) Please ensure the application is clearly marked ICCMR PhD Scholarship.
b) DO NOT send the application to Central Admissions but to Susan
Matheron (email above)

The closing date for applications is 12 NOON on Friday 31st January 2014.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

AHRC PhD Studentship in Music Psychology (CUK Musical Impact) at RNCM

AHRC PhD Studentship in Music Psychology (CUK Musical Impact) at RNCM

An AHRC-funded PhD studentship in Music Psychology is available from 1
September 2014 at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK,
under the supervision of Professor Jane Ginsborg. The deadline for
applications to be received is Friday 3 January 2014; interviews will
take place in the week beginning 13 January 2014. Applicants should be
qualified to master's level in psychology; they should also be able to
show evidence of interest in and experience of music-making.

The studentship forms part of the AHRC-funded project Musical Impact:
Enhancing the Health and Wellbeing of Musicians (2013-2017)
( ). This project is led by
Conservatoires UK, the organisation that represents nine major UK
conservatoires, in collaboration with scientists from Cardiff
University and Cardiff Metropolitan University, professional musicians
and their employers via the Musicians' Union (MU) and the Association
of British Orchestras (ABO) and health practitioners and researchers
linked to the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM)
and the International Health Humanities Network (IHHN).

The successful applicant will be undertaking research associated with
Work Package 3, Health Promotion in Music Education and the
Profession, contributing to literature reviews, data collection,
analysis and the preparation of outputs. Data collected will form the
basis of the student's doctoral thesis, underpinned by his or her own
independent scholarship. The thesis must be completed and submitted by
31 August 2017.

Details at

Monday, December 9, 2013

Fwd: Fully-funded PhD Scholarship at Queen Mary, University of London

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD scholarship in the
Music Cognition Lab at Queen Mary, University of London.

The deadline for applications is 31 Jan 2014, the scholarship will
start in Sep/Oct 2014.

For full details and to apply visit:


Lecturer in Sound and Music Processing
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 6207

Fwd: Short-term research post in Optical Music Recognition

A post of Research Associate is available for 8 months from as soon as
possible after 1 January at Lancaster University. The aim of this
AHRC-funded project, a collaboration with Kia Ng at Leeds University,
is to improve the accuracy of Optical Music Recognition (OMR,
conversion of digital images of music scores to symbolic information
about the music by computer) by making use of multiple images of the
same or different scores of the same piece of music, or perhaps of
scores and parts, such as are now available on IMSLP. The role of this
post is to work on software to combine the outputs of existing OMR
programs when applied to different scans of the same music, with the
intention of producing a combined output more accurate than any of the
single outputs.

For details and online applications, see

The time-scale for recruitment is very short. The closing date for
applications is 18 December 2013.

I am happy to answer enquiries about this post.

Alan Marsden


Alan Marsden <>

Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts

Lancaster University, UK

Monday, December 2, 2013

SIG seminar: The Different Hearing project and classroom composing in the Czech Republic

Music Education Special Interest Group
Research Seminar Announcement

The Different Hearing project and classroom composing in the Czech Republic

Gabriela Vsetickova, Department of Music Education, Palacky
University, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Tuesday 28 January 2014


Room 541

Further details from Lucy Green,

All are welcome

A presentation of the key concepts, principles and objectives, the
creative means and forms of the Different Hearing project for
creativity in music education and an outline of its position in the
framework of the Czech system of music education.

The Different Hearing project is the first and still the only project
in the Czech Republic focused on making music accessible in the form
of children's elementary composing. It ensued from the endeavour to
transform music education into a subject within which creativity plays
as significant a role as reproduction, and creating music is as
crucial as performing it; and where everyone is afforded the
opportunity to develop his or her abilities and skills irrespective of
their previous musical and socio-cultural experience.

Established in 2001, the Different Hearing programme linked up to the
conceptions of the British-German Response and Austrian Klangnetze
projects. It was inspired by their methodology, emphasis on creativity
and utilisation of non-musical elements, as well as team work during
lessons. Each sound and each expression is deemed to be musical, each
item is considered a musical instrument, spontaneous interaction
between sounds is understood as improvisation, and temporal fixation
of sounds and their subsequent reproduction as musical composition.

Gabriela Vsetickova is an Assistant Professor at the Department of
Music Education, Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. After
MA studies in music education and history she completed her PhD in
music education in 2011. Besides music history (Czech music and music
of the 20th century) her professional interest encompasses creative
activities for children, especially classroom composing. She has
participated in the organisation and development of the Different
Hearing project for creativity in music education since 2007.