Thursday, February 27, 2014

Music SIG 27 March, 12.15-1.15pm

Music Education Special Interest Group

Research Seminar Announcement

Music Technology Education in the United States

Dr Scott L. Phillip, Assistant Professor of Music Technology,
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Date: Thursday 27th March

Time: 12.15 - 1.15pm

Room: Committee Room 3

Further details from Lucy Green,

All are welcome

Over the past 25 years, as technology has become a ubiquitous part of
the educational landscape, music educators have increasingly relied on
it to be more effective and efficient in their teaching and
performing. The development of music technology education in the
United States has evolved through a complex and somewhat convoluted
process. Educational leaders, select university programs, national
music and education standards, accreditation regulations, and various
financial forces have had a significant impact on curricular design
and execution. In this presentation Dr. Phillips will show how these
and other factors have shaped the educational landscape to create the
current climate for music technology education in America. He will
discuss his research of over 200 university and college programs in
music technology, and suggest possible futures for this nascent
academic field.

Scott L. Phillips, Ph.D. is a prominent music technology educator and
researcher. He frequently makes scholarly presentations, leads panels,
and reads academic papers at top music, education, and technology
conferences. Phillips is an Oxford University Press author and his
book, Beyond Sound: The College and Career Guide in Music Technology
(2013) is the definitive work on music technology college programs in
the United States, containing the most comprehensive listing and
analysis of college and university music technology programs currently
available. He also serves on the advisory boards of several
professional music organizations including the College Music Society,
the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, and the
Technology Institute for Music Educators. He is co-director of the
Music Technology Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham,
where he teaches music technology courses, coordinates internships,
and directs the highly regarded UAB Computer Music Ensemble. As a
highly sought-after trainer, clinician, and consultant, he has
represented major music technology companies and has worked with
hundreds of audio professionals and educators throughout the United

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Music and Mathematics (University of Leeds, 12 April 2014)

Registration for the RMA Study Day 'Music and Mathematics', to be held
at the University of Leeds on the 12th April 2014, is now open. This
one-day conference aims to bring together scholars whose work takes
inspiration from both fields and present a snapshot of the different
ways that the affinities between music and mathematics are being
explored today. The musical fields represented on the day include
music theory, analysis, composition, philosophy, psychology, and
historical musicology; the repertoire covered ranges from Dowland to
Schoenberg to Babbitt and beyond; and the mathematical tools on
display range from group theory, graph theory, number theory, and
geometry to computation and statistics.

Please visit the conference website for information on how to
register; the site also contains a programme, abstracts, and advice
concerning travel and accommodation.

Daniel Holden
PhD Candidate
School of Music, University of Leeds
Leeds, LS2 9JT

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Funded Ph.D. Studentships at City University London

Funded Ph.D. Studentships at City University London

City University London is offering up to 50 fully funded Research Studentships
to start in October 2014 open to national, EU and overseas applicants.

The Music Informatics Research Group in the Department of Computer Science
at City University would particularly like to encourage PhD applications
in the areas of music and sound computing and informatics.

Research interests in the Music Informatics Research Group include:
- music information retrieval
- computational musicology
- audio transcription
- audio signal analysis and classification
- machine learning applied to music and sound
- semantic music representation and processing
- intelligent systems and user interfaces for music applications,
such as music e-learning, recommendation, etc.

Information about the Music Informatics Research Group and the
Research Studentship application procedures and assessment
criteria can be found on line at

The closing date for applications is the 14th of March 2014.
If you are interested in applying, please get in touch with Tillman
Weyde to discuss further details.

Dr. Tillman Weyde
Department of Computer Science
City University London
United Kingdom

Fully Funded PhD studentships - Open University (UK)

PhD Studentships - Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

The Open University has fully funded full-time PhD studentships
available from Oct 2014.

I am interested in hearing from candidates in music computing,
particularly for combinations of the following topics, but students
are free to choose an area.

Music and emotion
Music and narrative
Computational Musicology
Musical Pattern Discovery
Music Generation
Music for Computer Games
Collaborative Music Environments
Musical Tabletops

A separate topic that might be of interest, and draw on some of the
same themes and technologies, is the use of ubiquitous technology in
group conflict resolution.

Please contact Dr Robin Laney (robin.laney @ for an
informal discussion and advice on constructing a proposal.

Applications should comprise an application form, a CV and a PhD
proposal. Application forms and general advice on PhD proposals can be
found at:

Closing date: March 31st 2014.

The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an
exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland
(SC 038302).

Monday, February 17, 2014

FW: All the latest singing news and opportunities across London

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Welcome to the Sound Connections singing e-newsletter. As the second half of the spring term approaches, we've got news about some fantastic singing courses and there's an update on all the latest singing news and opportunities across London. Places are still available on the singing training courses and if you book on three Sound Connections courses there is a 10% discount, remember to use the discount code 3xbooking when booking your place.

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Introduction to Beatboxing

Thursday 27th February 2014
10.00am - 3.30pm

This course offers the opportunity to learn basic beatboxing and vocal percussion techniques from several different starting points, including text, rhythms, favourite songs and music
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Songwriting and Composition

Wednesday 5 March 2014
This practical course, led by Jane Wheeler, will introduce ways to incorporate composition and songwriting into your lessons. Learn how to develop strategies for facilitating song making with your classes and groups.

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Singing with Young People on the Autistic Spectrum

Friday 16th May 2014

This fun training afternoon will focus on sharing useful insights on ways to positively engage with groups of young people on the autistic spectrum and related learning difficulties.
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Other opportunities

Sound Connections training courses and events

In the spring term 2014 Sound Connections have a wide range of training courses and events taking place.
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The Big Performance

CBBC are looking for young singers and songwriters to take part in the third series of The Big Performance. The deadline for application is 7th March and the application form can be found on the CBBC website
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Royal Opera House Fanfare

The Royal Opera House's Fanfare competition is open to young people aged 11 - 16 who are interested in creating their own music. There are plenty of resources to support the competition and the deadline for submitting a 30-second recording is 17th March.
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ABCD Initial Conducting Training courses, Levels I and II

ABCD are running both the Level I conducting course, for those with little or no experience of conducting and the Level II course for those who have some experience in leading choral music. There will be four 1-day sessions taking place in London on 22 March, 26 April, 24 May and 21 June 2014.
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Chorus Festival at the Southbank Centre

From 31st March to 6th April, Chorus explores and celebrates the power of singing together. This year the festival focuses on the voices of young people and hosts the Simon Bolivar Youth Choir of Venezuela. The Festival includes a wide range of performances, workshops and opportunities to sing together. On 4th April there is an opportunity for youth choirs to perform at the Southbank. Email for further information
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Musical Futures to Feature in Southbank Centre's Chorus Festival

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Ionian University International Summer Music Education Academy

Ionian University International Summer Music Education Academy

Department of Music Studies – Ionian University Summer Music Academy

Seminar in Music Education
8th -11th July 2014

"Hear, Listen, Play! The informal practices of popular musicians and
their implications for classrooms and instrumental teaching studios"

Guest Professor: Prof. Lucy Green,
Institute of Education, University of London

It is our great pleasure to host the four-day seminar in Music
Education that is organized during the International Summer Music
Academy 2014 of the Ionian University. This years' seminar is
entitled: "Hear, Listen, Play! The informal practices of popular
musicians and their implications for classrooms and instrumental
teaching studios". The Seminar will take place between the 8th and
11th July 2014 in Corfu. Guest professor is Prof. Lucy Green,
Professor in Music Education, Institute of Education, University of

The seminar is addressed to music teachers of all kinds and
specializations, instrumental teachers in music schools,
conservatoires and studio teaching, university music students and
everyone interested in it. The program includes 6 hours of daily
lectures and workshops (3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the
afternoon). It will take place in the Ionian Academy and in the
premises of the Department of Music Studies in the Old Fortress of
Corfu. The seminar will be held in English. Translation to Greek
language of some parts of conversations and terminologies will
possibly take place. Participants will receive a Certificate of
Attendance from the Summer Academy of Ionian University. There is
limited availability, so please make your reservation as soon as
possible. For reservations please fill in the application form and
mail it to: Your place is ensured only with the
transfer of the suggested amount of money to the bank. Please send the
Number of Transfer or an electronic copy of the receipt to the above

Our aim is that the Summer Music Academy of Ionian University will be
a meeting place for creative dialogue and life-long learning of
participants around issues that refer to the teaching and learning of
music in today's society.

Zoe Dionyssiou
Associate Professor in Music Education, Ionian University

Ioanna Etmektsoglou
Associate Professor in Psychology of Music, Music Therapist, Ionian University

Description of the seminar:

The course will firstly investigate the learning practices of popular
musicians, broadly defined. It will consider how such musicians
acquire their skills and knowledge in the aural, informal sphere; both
as individuals through self-teaching, and as group-members through
peer-directed learning. Focusing on British musicians, their main
approaches, attitudes and values concerning music and music-learning,
can be directly compared with those of other vernacular musicians
including jazz, rock and traditional musicians from many parts of the
world. Whereas formal music educators have developed a range of
sophisticated pedagogic approaches, in many cases these focus on
skills and knowledge which have proved attractive to a minority of
pupils only. By considering how popular and other vernacular musicians
learn, we may be able to open up the world of music education to a
greater range of young learners. Two projects in the UK, lea by
Professor Green, have been bringing informal learning practices into
the formal realms of education. One concerns the high school
classroom, and the other, the classical instrumental lesson. The
course will critically investigate and discuss these projects,
evaluate their findings, and invite participants to relate them to
their own countries and professional contexts.

We will finish with a practical activity in which members work
together to make music by ear in groups of 5 or 6, following the
practices of popular and other vernacular musicians. For this,
participants will need to bring a (chromatic) pitched instrument, or
use one provided by the university; and we will need some additional
small spaces for them to work in. The practical activity will be
followed by class discussions covering: the nature of the research
process; the nature of musical learning and teaching as revealed in
the findings; participants' own experiences as musicians, as learners
and/or as teachers; cross-cultural comparisons between the UK context,
where the research was carried out, and the local context where
participants and work; and what participants have learnt from the
course. We will end with an (informal!) evening performance on the
11th July 2014, which will be held in the Ionian Academy.

Lucy Green's Biographical note
Dr. Lucy Green is Professor of Music Education at the Institute of
Education University of London since 1990. Her main research interests
are in the sociology and philosophy of music, with special relation to
education, social reproduction, musical meaning, gender, identity,
ideology, youth, the pop/classical split, popular music, informal
learning and innovative pedagogy. She led the informal learning
'pathfinder' in the UK national 'Musical Futures' project. This
involved developing and evaluating the adaptation of popular
musicians' informal learning practices for the classroom environment.
Her current research is taking this work forward into instrumental
pedagogy. Lucy is the author of five books and numerous shorter pieces
on music education. She has given keynote lectures and seminars at
conferences and universities in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and
sits on the editorial or advisory boards of a number of journals
including Music Education Research, Radical Musicology, Popular Music
and Gender Research in Music Education.

Some useful websites on Prof. Green's work:

Early bird for reservations up to 10th April 2014:
100,00 € regular price,
80 € for students of other Universities and graduates of the
Department of Music Studies, Ionian University
50 € for students of the Department of Music Studies, Ionian University

Fees for reservations from 11th April to the 30th June (provided there
is availability)
130,00 € regular fee,
100,00 € for students of other Universities and graduates of the
Department of Music Studies, Ionian University
70 € for students of the Department of Music Studies, Ionian University

A small number of nominations for free participation will be given to
students of the Department of Music Studies, Ionian University and
Your participation is ensured only when sending the application form
and the number of the bank transaction to the following e-mail:


There is possibility for accommodation in the Students' Hall of
residence (single and double rooms) with 10 € per person. Subject to

Some hotels have provided discount prices for students of the
International Summer Music Academy of the Ionian University. Hotels
and prices will be announced from this site in April 2014.

Terms and conditions
-The deadline for submission of applications in early bird price is
10th April 2014 and the normal price 30th June 2014 (provided there
are still places available).
-The participation is confirmed once we have received the bank deposit
receipt by e-mail at: -The name of the depositor
must be stated on the bank receipt. All expenses and fees for
international transfers are to be paid by the participant.
-Tuition fees should be paid to the following account:
IBAN: GR37 0172 4510 0054 5105 6646 108
-In case of cancellation of the seminar by the organisers, all money
paid will be returned to the applicants.
-If the applicant withdraws his/her application before the closing
date of application (30th June 2014), he/she will be refunded the sum
of application reduced by 30 euros that will be charged by the
organizers as the cost of administrative support.
-If withdrawal occurs after this date no refund can be made.
- In case there is a serious difficulty on behalf of the tutors in
organising the seminar or part of it, the organisers have the
responsibility to offer a similar seminar to the participants.
-Accommodation expenses are to be paid separately. Those who will stay
at the Hall of Residence of Ionian University will be informed before
their arrival on how to make the payment. The exact number of
available beds and the price will be announced in usually announced in
-Hotel bookings are to be made under personal communication by the participant.
-Ttravel expenses, food and insurance (travel, health, accident, etc.)
are covered by the participants.
-The seminars are open to people of all ages. The parent or legal
guardian who fills in the application form on behalf of the
participant who is under age, declares in writing that he/she agrees
with the fact that the Ionian University can not assume any
responsibility for the supervision of the participant who is under
-At the end of the course participants will receive a certificate
confirming their participation in the seminar.
-The organizers have the right to use audiovisual material from the seminars.
-By submitting their application, participants automatically declare
that they have taken note and accept the terms and conditions of


By e-mail:

By telephone:
- Ioanna Etmektsoglou, Assistant Professor in Psychology of Music,
00302661087531 (every Wednesday 12.00-14.00)
- Zoe Dionyssiou, Assistant Professor in Music Education,
00302661087503 (every Thursday 13.00-15.00)

Postal address:
Department of Music Studies,
Ionian University,
Old Fortress,
Corfu 49100

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Review of schools-based music education in the UK

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has commissioned a review of schools-based
music education in the UK, being carried out by Katherine Zeserson,
Sage Gateshead, with Professor Graham Welch from the Institute of
Education. It is vitally important that the views of teachers are
heard in this review and so we would be very grateful for anyone that
teaches music, or has some responsibility for music in Primary or
Secondary or Special schools in the UK could find a moment to please
complete this short, anonymous survey by Friday 28th February.

The link is

Monday, February 10, 2014

Funding Application Training Day (Sheffield), Call For Proposals

Research projects on cross-modal and embodied music psychology

Proposals are invited from postdoctoral and doctoral researchers who
are interested in working for a period of time at the University of
Sheffield or an affiliated institute, and who wish to apply for
external funding to support their research. After a pre-selection,
candidates are invited to come to Sheffield for a training day, where
they will receive feedback on their proposal, and develop the proposal
in collaboration with the potential host. A full funding application
will then be submitted to the appropriate funding body.

Successful projects will be hosted at the University of Sheffield,
University of Oxford, Tel Aviv University or the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem. The research support team will consist of Prof. Nicola
Dibben and Dr Renee Timmers, University of Sheffield, UK, Prof. Eric
Clarke, University of Oxford, UK, Prof. Zohar Eitan, Tel Aviv
University, and Dr. Roni Granot, Hebrew University of Jerusalem,

Investigations should be related to cross-modal correspondences with
or in music, or to embodied music cognition, and should combine
empirical and theoretical elements. Neurological studies are a
possibility, but please get in touch to consult about this option
before you apply.

Deadline for proposal submissions: Wednesday 12th of March 2014

Decisions on proposals: Thursday 20th of March 2014

Training day: Thursday 10th of April 2014

Location: Department of Music, University of Sheffield

See website for more information:

Sunday, February 9, 2014

CFP - Interdisciplinary conference on Music studies, Vienna, Austria, 28-29.06.2014.

Centre for Research in Social sciences and Humanities

is inviting paper/panel proposals for

Interdisciplinary Conference on Music studies to be held in
Vienna, Austria, 28-29-06. 2014.
Conference venue: ***** Hotel Ambassador Vienna, A-1010 Wien, Kärntner
Straße 22 / Neuer Markt 5, Austria

Music significantly shapes our daily lives, and we are surrounded with
music every day. Level of attachment to music goes that far that young
population in one study stated if on a Desert Island they would miss
music the most (Bahanovich & Collopy, 2009). Music affects our
identity creation, and it sends messages about us as people, i.e. what
we listen may show who we really are. In younger age, music
contributes to the level of acceptance and/or rejection of peers and
music is considered being one of the key elements of life of
youngsters. In more mature age, we still enjoy music by attending
concerts, listening to music on the radio, and whether we know it or
not, music is forming our daily lives.
In schools, we take music classes meant to teach us how to appreciate
music, and how to form a sense for aesthetics. Music is also often
part of tourist offers where countries are presenting themselves as
musical, and where they express pride for having high-class composers.
These and other issues are the subjects of discussion at our
conference. Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following

Music and education

Music and culture

Music and meaning

Music and nationalism

History of Music

Music and the WWII

Music and youth

Music and identity

Music and fashion

Volk music

Music awards

Media and music

Methodology in researching music

Classic music: past, present and future

Minority music

Diaspora music

Concert life in history and at present

European music

American music

Psychology of music

Music taste


Music and tourism

Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for
their own panels.

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words), short bios (up to 100
words), and email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić
( by 20th May 2014. Decisions
will be made by 25th May 2014, and payment of the conference fee has
to be made by 1st June 2014.
Finalised Conference programme will be available by 15th June 2014.

The Centre has established a peer review journal, and a working paper
series. Conferene papers will be considered.

We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and
PhD students, and independent researchers.

Conference fee is EUR 290, and it includes

The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Conference publication

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre
(research & co-editing proceedings)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Conference drinks (mineral water and fruit juice)

Coffee-break morning with drinks and pastries

Buffet Lunch

Coffee-break afternoon with drinks and pastries

Buffet Dinner

WLAN during the conference

Conference rate for rooms

Certificate of attendance

Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private
institution founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU).
We selected Austria as a place for hosting conferences due to
Austria's favourable geographic position, and liberal Visa regime for
conference participants with EU Visa requirements.

Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering
transport and accommodation in Austria. Participants are responsible
for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs
during the whole period of the conference.

The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or
methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference

Conference drinks, coffee breaks, lunches and dinners are covered for
both days of the conference.

Dr Martina Topić
Research associate

Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities
Zagreb, Croatia

Corresponding address and legal info:

Centar za istraživanja
Viktora Kovačića 5
HR - 10 010 Zagreb
Tel. +385 95 904 34 73
OIB: 74472156473
Zaba/Unicredit Group
IBAN: HR6623600001102394676

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Connecting Practice, Measurement, and Evaluation: The Fifth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education


Connecting Practice, Measurement, and Evaluation

The Fifth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education

February 18-21, 2015

Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center

For conference details, see http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl/isame

Submission deadline: June 15, 2014


The music education faculties of the University of Florida, the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, and James Madison University will host the 5th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education in February 2015, at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center, Williamsburg, Virginia. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together music education professionals worldwide to share the latest research, thought, and practice in music education assessment. We invite primary and secondary school music educators, higher education professionals and music education researchers, national, state and local education officials from across the world to join us in Williamsburg.


Key Questions. The Key Questions for this symposium fall into three strands. They are:


Strand 1: Practice

·       What models, designs, and practices are most successful in measuring student achievement and skill in music in diverse educational systems?

·       In what ways are music educators using assessment data effectively to improve music teaching and learning?


Strand 2: Measurement

·       How are measures of music learning at all levels examined for reliability and validity?

·       What forms, tools, or processes are used to measure music teaching practice? How are these measures examined for reliability and validity?

·       In what ways have new psychometric models been applied to the analysis of data obtained from music measurements? What are the strengths and limitations of such models?


Strand 3: Evaluation

·       In what ways are music educators evaluating music assessment data for the improvement of teaching, learning, and programs?

·       To what extent are measures of music teaching practice used in music teacher evaluations? How are these evaluations examined for reliability and validity?

·       What unforeseen and unplanned outcomes of measurement and evaluation have been observed?


Call for Papers and Presentations. We seek submissions for research papers, posters, panel discussions, assessment practice papers, and workshops that address the symposium theme and key questions.  Details of the submission process and registration are available at Submissions are due June 15, 2014. Proposals can be considered for session presentation or the Symposium poster session or both. All submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel of prominent music educators, and notifications will be completed by August 15, 2014. Early submissions are encouraged. Special note: we offer a reduced registration rate of $175.00 for students, and primary/secondary teachers and administrators.

Please share the electronic postcard announcement with your colleagues, fellow teachers and administrators. 


The Kennedy Center's VSA International Young Soloists Competition

2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Now Open for Entries!


The Kennedy Center invites musicians with a disability, ages 14 to 25, to enter the 2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The competition is open to international and domestic musicians, soloists and ensembles of two to five members, and musicians of all genres.


Since 1984, the VSA International Young Soloists Program has identified talented musicians with a disability. The VSA International Young Soloists Competition annually selects up to four outstanding musicians from the United States and around the world, and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. These emerging musicians receive $2,500, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.


Application Deadline: February 10, 2014


Submission guidelines, application, and more information available at:



Julia Gootzeit

Intern, Office of VSA and Accessibility


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

202-416-8895 (direct)