Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Singing. Scientific, emotional and artistic aspects of a human phenomenon



Block the date for the International  Conference


Singing. Scientific, emotional and artistic aspects of a human phenomenon.



jointly organised by Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild (Max Planck Institute  for Human Development, Berlin)

and Philippe Rixhon (The Aarya Foundation, London)


to be held at Radialsystem V, Berlin, on Friday 20 March 2015







Research in neuroscience, psychology and medicine as well as in music education, cultural studies, social sciences and the history of emotion shows the immense impact of singing on human development.  Not only does singing have positive effects on synapse formations in the brain and on bodily functions and emotional well-being, it also creates strong felt communities that have the power to shape both individuals and societies.



On Friday 20 March 2015,  Radialsystem V will host an international conference on Singing in Science and Education that will bring together artists from all around Europe as well as interdisciplinary  and international  scholars for one long concert of music and ideas.



In three  panels,  the phenomenon  of singing  will be considered  under  three  different points  of view: (I) “Singing  from Cradle to Grave”, including  talks by Graham Welch (Institute  of Education, London), Katherine Zeserson (Sage Gateshead), Gunter Kreutz (Carl von Ossietzky University  of Oldenburg) and Stephen Clift (Canterbury Christ Church University); (II) “Singing,  Emotion and Community”, including  talks by Jane  W. Davidson (University of Melbourne,  ARC  Centre for the History of Emotions), Svend Brown (Director of Big Big Sing and Glasgow UNESCO Creative City of Music) and Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild (Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin, MPRG  Felt Communities? Emotions in European Music Performances”);  and (III) Presentations  by the Singing Cities Exchange Artist Group, who will provide an insight into their practical experiences of both singing and educating.

This academic programme  will be topped  off with a performance  by the Singing Cities Exchange Artist Group. Detailed information will be available soon at

For further information, please contact:









With the support of the Culture

Programme of the European Union

Monday, December 22, 2014

call for papers

Call for Papers


Journal of Music, Technology and Education


Special issue on Technology and Performance in Popular Music Education


Guest editors: Gareth Dylan Smith and Bryan Powell 


Performance in popular music education is an increasingly technologised space. As guitars, drums and microphones are gaining greater acceptance in school music curricula around the world through performance-based pedagogical models, such as the Modern Band curriculum of Little Kids Rock, and Musical Futures’ informal learning approach. Turntablism, music production and rapping have a growing presence in programmes from primary school to graduate level. Songwriting courses, rock camps and international collaborative pop projects sprout up globally in physical spaces and on line, while children and young people write, produce and release multi-media popular music artefacts from their bedrooms and basements. Popular music has always relied on, grown through, and pushed innovation in technology. With students embracing change faster than many teachers can imagine relevant pedagogical approaches, new paradigms of performance are emerging: drummers become musical directors at the helm of a plethora of technologies, bassists play synthesizers as much as guitars, and front-people are masters of Ableton, loop pedals and computerized gloves. As performance and production skill sets thus diversify and converge, so other technologies democratize the music-making landscape.


The domains of technologically mediated popular music performance in educational contexts require the attention of critical scholars and actions researchers. This special issue of JMTE invites colleagues to submit papers including, but not be limited to, critical perspectives on the following:


·      Epistemologies and intersectionality in technology and popular music performance;

·      Music, technology and the liminal popular music performance classroom space;

·      Negotiating performance, (social) media and intellectual property in popular music performance;

·      Gender and technology in popular music performance;

·      Ethics and technologically mediated pro-sumption of popular music.


Please submit full papers of between 5,000 and 7,000 words to: by 1 May 2015.

The Sataloff Award for Young Investigators, co-sponsored by Elsevier and The Voice Foundation

Sataloff Award

The Sataloff Award for Young Investigators, co-sponsored by Elsevier and The Voice Foundation, recognizes excellence among young researchers. The first Annual Sataloff Award was presented in 2009.

Image of Sataloff Award winner Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson receives the 2013 Sataloff Award sponsored by Elsevier publishing.

This award is open to investigators who completed their training (including fellowship) no more than five years ago. Investigators must present new research for publication in Journal of Voice.

TO ENTER, include the following:

  1. The nominees must self-nominate with a Letter of intent to the committee by January 15th.
  2. In one PDF – submit the letter  with a short paragraph about your training and mentioning your research and   include a copy of your submitted abstract.
  3. Completed papers of abstracts accepted for presentation at the annual symposium need to be submitted to the committee and to Journal of Voice by April 1st.
  4. Send your letter of intent to by January 15th

The winner will be selected by an Advisory Board committee headed by  Michael Johns, MD, and will be notified by The Voice Foundation.


• Airfare, hotel, and registration for the Voice Foundation Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice
• An Award Certificate
• Recognition in the Journal of Voice and Voice Foundation materials.

Jessica Sofranko-Kisenwether, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Aaron Johnson, Ph.D., M.M.

Matthew Hoffman, Pre-doctoral Fellow

Satoshi Ohno, M.D.

Rosiane Yamasaki, Ph.D.

Heather Shaw Bonilha, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Copyright © 2014, The Voice Foundation | 219 N. Broad St. 10th Floor | Philadelphia, PA 19107 | (215) 735-7999

Fwd: PhD scholarship 'Representing Musical Creativity'

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of
Hull is offering, in an open competition, up to 80 full-time UK/EU PhD
Scholarship or International Fees Bursaries.

Music (from the School of Drama, Music and Screen) invites
applications from prospective graduates wishing to undertake research
on the project 'Representing Musical Creativity'. Details of the
project, and how to apply, can be found here:

Music at Hull has a vibrant research culture and a record of
high-quality achievement.

In order to qualify for this scholarship you will require an
undergraduate degree with at least a 2.1 and Masters, or equivalent in
a relevant subject.

Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the 'home/EU'
student rate and maintenance (£13,863 in 2014/15) for three years,
depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at
the International student rate for three years, dependent on
satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and
transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate,
or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research

Closing date 2nd February 2015; Studentships will start in September 2015.


Dr Freya Bailes

Lecturer in Music

Programme leader in Postgraduate Research (Music)

Chair, School of Drama, Music and Screen Ethics Committee

School of Drama, Music and Screen

University of Hull

Hull, HU6 7RX, UK

01482 466398,-music-and-screen/our-staff/music-staff/freya-bailes.aspx

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fwd: ESCOM 2015: Reminder of deadline for abstract submission - 29 December 2014

ESCOM 2015: Reminder of deadline for abstract submission – 29 December 2014

With apologies for cross-posting:

The Ninth Triennial European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) Conference will be held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, from 17 to 22 August 2015. The deadline for online abstract submission at is 29 December 2014.

ESCOM supports and promotes empirical and theoretical research from a wide range of disciplines, including aesthetics, anthropology, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, composition, education, health and wellbeing, linguistics, music theory, music therapy, neuroscience, performance studies, philosophy, psychoacoustics, psychology and psychophysics. We expect the research to be disseminated at the Ninth Triennial Conference to be new and unpublished, and to have the potential for contributing to a better understanding of how music is perceived, represented and generated.

Submissions are invited for spoken papers, poster presentations, symposia and workshops. The language of the conference is English and all spoken papers, posters, conference proceedings and publications will be in English. All submissions should be made online. They will be reviewed anonymously by two or more members of the Review Committee. Full-text conference Proceedings will be published online, for downloading, and on a USB flash drive.

Due to the likely interest in this conference the number of opportunities available to each presenter, particularly for spoken papers, is limited. We suggest that those wishing to make more than one submission consider allowing co-authors to present, and/or submitting proposals in different formats such as poster presentations, symposia or workshops, as alternatives to spoken papers. Full details of the types of presentations available can be found at

Key dates:
•       Deadline for submissions: 29 December 2014 (no extensions are expected)
•       Decisions communicated to presenters: from 23 February 2015
•       Registration deadline for presenters (essential to be included in the programme): 1 May 2015
•       Deadline for receipt of papers for the Proceedings: 15 May 2015

For more information please see the conference website or contact the Organising Committee at We look forward to receiving your submissions and encourage you to keep abreast of developments relating to the conference on the website and Twitter @ESCOM2015. Please also share amongst colleagues, students, and other interested parties.

Jane Ginsborg (Chair) and Alexandra Lamont (Co-chair)

Fwd: The Art and Science of Improvisation: Research Summer School, June 2015, Norway

We would like to invite you to participate in an international research Summer School

The Art and Science of Improvisation

Location: Stord/Haugesund University College, Stord, Norway

Dates: 8th-12th June 2015


This Summer School is a collaboration between the two research schools NAFOL and Grieg Research School (GRS), and the hosting institution Stord/Haugesund University College (HSH).

The Summer School will offer a range of stimulating activities, workshops and presentations in addition the specific GRS course.


Invited speakers:

Prof. Keith Sawyer (US), Dr. Laudan Nooshin (GB), Prof. Gert Biesta (Luxembourg), Prof. Colin Lee (Canada), Prof. Anna Lena Østern (Norway), Dr. Sigbjørn Apeland (Norway) and GAIMPRO (Norway).


The GRS course will focus on candidate work. Ph.D. candidates and artistic research fellows are invited to give presentations. Senior researchers and supervisors are particularly welcome to attend the course and may give presentations if space in the programme.


For more information visit the Summer School website.


Abstract submission: Send the abstract to

Deadline for submission of abstract: January 15th 2015


Registration opens February 1st

Link to registration form will then be found at the Summer School website

Registration closes March 1st 



Best regards,

Liv Gunnhild Qvale

Adm. coordinator

Grieg Research School in

Interdisciplinary Music Studies

Tel: +47 4663 5520 / +47 5558 6031