Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fwd: Call for Participation - Study Day on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity

Dear all,

we would like to invite you to attend the first Study Day on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity, that will be held at the University of Huddersfield on Saturday 27 June 2015.

The deadline for registering is Sunday 14 June 2015Registration fee is £5.

For more details about registration and the programme of the event, please visit

Below, there's the list of papers, posters and workshops which will be presented at the study day.

Keynote Lecture

Best wishes,
Valerio Velardo
University of Huddersfield inspiring tomorrow's professionals.

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Dr Evangelos Himonides FBCS CITP
Reader in Technology, Education and Music
University College London

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Festival Cultures conference, UEA, Friday 22 May, confirmed programme

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Date: 19 May 2015 at 13:44
Subject: SIG NOTICE: Festival Cultures conference, UEA, Friday 22 May,
confirmed programme
To: Trijntje Ytsma <>

From: Lucy Green
Sent: 19 May 2015 13:36
To: Trijntje Ytsma
Subject: SIG NOTICE: Festival Cultures conference, UEA, Friday 22 May,
confirmed programme

... 4 x academic researchers, 3 x festival directors, 2 x archives, 1
x Director of BBC Music ... an AHRC Connected Communities event.
Confirmed programme below.

Friday 22nd May

The Thomas Paine Study Centre, University of East Anglia

10.00-10.30 Registration, coffee

10.30-10.45 Welcome and introduction - Prof George McKay, UEA

George McKay, UEA/AHRC Leadership Fellow for Connected Communities programme

10.45-11.30 Keynote 1 Prof Tim Wall,
Birmingham City University

Radio One on the Road: creating that festival spirit for live radio broadcasts

11.30-13.00 Session 2 Researching festival

Chair: Prof John Street, UEA

· Dr Chris Anderton, Southampton Solent University, author of
Music Festivals in the UK (Ashgate, 2016)

· Dr Roxy Robinson, Leeds Beckett University, author of Festival
Culture and the Politics of Participation (forthcoming December 2015)

13.00-14.00 Lunch & exhibition / screening

14:00-15:30 Session 3 How does a festival reflect its
environment? Festival directors speak

Chair: Dr Karen Smyth, UEA

· John Cumming, Director, EFG London Jazz Festival

· William Galinsky, Artistic Director, Norfolk & Norwich Festival

· Ben Robinson, Director, Kendal Calling

15.30-16.00 Coffee break & exhibition / screening

16.00-17.00 Keynote 2 BBC perspectives

Bob Shennan, Controller of BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, and Director BBC
Music, in conversation with Prof Tim Wall, to include audience Q&A

Through the day:

Exhibition of East Anglian Fairs Archive, presenting photographs,
posters and memorabilia from the fairs, which ran from 1972-1986, as
an important regional seasonal festival / alternative gathering.

Festival films from the East Anglian Film Archive, screening of
archival films of local festivals and jamming sessions from the 1960s
and 1970s.

Prof George McKay

AHRC Leadership Fellow, Connected Communities Programme

Film, Television & Media Studies (FTM)

University of East Anglia

Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK

tel +44 (0)779 1077 074; +44 (0)1603 592152

Shakin' All Over: Popular Music & Disability (University of Michigan
Press, 2013)

ed., The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture (Bloomsbury, 2015)

Fwd: MCM2015 (London, 22-25 June) Program Online (Early Bird Registration £80 ends 31 May)

Dear all,

On behalf of the general co-chairs Oscar Bandtlow and Elaine Chew, the
publications chair Tom Collins, and the scientific program committee
chaired by David Meredith and myself, I am happy to announce that the
program for the Fifth Biennial Mathematics and Computation in Music
Conference is now online at

The conference will take place 22-25 June 2015 at Queen Mary
University of London. The event is co-hosted by the Schools of
Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (Centre for Digital Music)
and the School of Mathematical Sciences, and is promoted by QMUL in
association with the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music,
London Mathematical Society, Institute of Musical Research, and the

Following a careful peer-review process, this year's program features
posters and talks based on papers on notation and representation,
mathemusical patterns, music generation, deep learning, performance,
geometric approaches, post-tonal music analysis, and scales. Accepted
papers are scheduled to appear in Springer's LNAI 9110.

The keynote speakers are: Gareth Loy (author of the two-volume
Musimathics), Andrée Ehresmann (Université de Picardie Jules Verne),
Emilia Gómez (University Pompeu Fabra), and Ge Wang (Stanford
University & Co-founder, Smule).

Those interested in attending the conference are reminded that the
early bird registration rate of £80 ends on 31 May 2015, and the fee
is £120 thereafter.

In addition to the scientific program, as part of this year's
conference, there will be two concerts that will be free and open to
the public:
— Blood & Tango, Tue, 23 June 2015, 12pm -
— Geometries & Gestures, Wed, 24 June 2015, 6pm -

All events will take place in the Arts Two Lecture Theatre at Queen
Mary University of London. The poster can be downloaded from

For further details, please see

Kind regards,
Anja Volk

Anja Volk,
VIDI-laureate, Project leader MUSIVA
Assistant Professor, MA, MSc, PhD

Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University
PO Box 80.089
3508 TB Utrecht, the Netherlands
Tel.:+31 (30) 253 5965

Fwd: Call for Proposals- Art and Sound Symposium, Leicester, 4 July 2015

Call for Papers: Art & Sound Symposium, 4 July 2015
Theme: 'Place. Art. Life.'
Venue: Phoenix Square and Curve Theatre, Leicester.

The concept of 'place' is prominent across the arts and life in
general. Place can be created or preserved. It encapsulates us,
surrounding our daily lives and driving our philosophies of meaning
and aesthetics.

Place can be manipulated, imagined and abstracted; yet, it continues
to remain as a constant, often long after time has left it behind.

Art & Sound is a symposium series funded by De Montfort University
Leicester, with a special focus on initiating discussion across
disciplines and art forms, and between academics and practitioners. It
aims to run bi-annually, each time taking a new theme and opening up
discourse amongst a greater number of the arts, welcoming
contributions from both the digital and fine arts.

As the first event in a series, we welcome papers from established and
early-career researchers alike, focused on – but not restricted to –
the presence and prevalence of 'place' in art and daily life. The
deadline for the submissions of papers is: 31 May 2015.

Notification of results: 5 June 2015

To apply, please send a short abstract (c.200 words) and biography to

To register, please complete the form at:

The final date for registration is 30 June 2015.

Professor Peter Stollery & Dr Suk-Jun Kim (University of Aberdeen)
will be presenting keynotes at the event, discussing between them
aspect of 'preserving place' and 'body in place'. They will also be
presenting a concert of work exploring place in the evening of the

The event will run over the course of one day on the 4th of July 2015,
between 10am and 5pm, at Leicester's Phoenix Square A concert will
also take place in the evening from 7pm at the Curve Theatre Several
key venues within Leicester's Cultural Quarter will be used throughout
the day. There will be no charge to attend the event, however
transport, accommodation and costs are the responsibility of

For more information about the event, please contact:

Art & Sound Symposium can be found online:

Please visit our Facebook event:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Fwd: FW: SIG NOTICE: Fw: Cellos in the Amazon event


Cellos in the Amazon: How Music Changed Lives - A conversation with BBC producer Mark Rickards


Start: May 26, 2015 06:30 PM
End: May 26, 2015 07:30 PM


Location: UCL, Wilkins Building, Haldane Room, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT


Cellos in the Amazon - Wagner

BBC Senior Producer Mark Rickards explores how a radio programme he made changed the lives of young aspiring musicians in the Brazilian Amazon. The stories of those struggling to make music against all the odds in the rainforest touched an audience worldwide, with extraordinary consequences.

One listener felt so compelled to help that she organized a delivery of instruments to Brazil, an extraordinary total of 800 cellos and violins being sent to the city of Belem.

Join Mark Rickards to hear the inspiring stories of those determined to play music in the most difficult of conditions. We will have the rare opportunity to listen also to one of these virtuosos. A wine reception will follow.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Making a difference through music

Making a difference through music

Graham F Welch Chair of Music Education UCL Institute of Education Monday 11 May 2015

Where music making takes place, it often co-exists in a world that is characterised by poverty, disease, and child mortality (cf Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; UN Human Development Index). Human development factors are deteriorating in many countries (being related to increased malnutrition and increased poverty globally). Childcare and education are reported to be highly variable in quality, often separated and not mutually supportive (UNESCO, 2010). Of an estimated 101 million children not in school, more than half are girls (UNICEF, 2010). However, we know that the economic health of a nation is closely linked to the education of the female population, including the mothers. We also know that 'Good nutrition, effective health care and access to good pre-school facilities can mitigate social disadvantage and lead to improved learning achievement. Yet early childhood provision continues to be marked by neglect.' (UNESCO, 2010). Furthermore, 'Literacy remains among the most neglected of all education goals, with about 759 million adults lacking literacy skills today. Two-thirds are women.' (UNESCO, op.cit.). UN and EC statutory bodies also recognise that educational policies (amongst others) need to address the 'cultural distance' that gender, social and ethnic factors can create between schooling and marginalized people.

structured and successful music education makes a positive difference to well-being across the lifespan

Yet, within this challenging global context, it is possible for us to effect change for the better. In particular, there is a growing body of research and other empirical evidence that structured and successful music education makes a positive difference to well-being across the lifespan, for adults as well as children – benefits that are intellectual, emotional, physical and social, as well as musical and cultural. Such evidence is found in the wealth of growing literature from the neurosciences, social sciences (psychology, sociology and education) and medicine. These positive examples of the wider impact of engaging in music arise from studies that cross national and international boundaries, including research from Chile, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Israel, Eire, Afghanistan, Australia, South Africa, Portugal, USA, Finland, Northern Ireland, England, Kenya, Taiwan, Germany and Italy.

There is evidence, for example, that music education can support and nurture auditory function, phonological development and literacy (e.g., Moreno & Bidelman, 2014; Overy, 2006; Putkinen et al, 2015; Strait & Kraus, 2011; Welch et al, 2012). With very young children, new Australian longitudinal data suggest that rich and shared early musical experiences in the home can help overcome social disadvantage by promoting children's vocabulary, numeracy, attentional and emotional regulation, and prosocial skills (Williams et al 2015). Furthermore, such findings are in line with UK longitudinal data that academic progress up to the first years of secondary school that 'defies the odds of disadvantage' is stimulated in homes where parenting is a process of 'active cultivation' that facilitates and nurtures children's cognitive and social skills allowing children to benefit from what the educational system has to offer (Siraj-Blatchford et al, 2011). At the opposite end of the age range, other studies have reported on the social, emotional and cognitive benefits of participation in community musical activities amongst older people (Clift et al, 2011; Creech et al, 2014; Davidson & Fedele, 2011).

we should seek to ensure that music has a central place in any educational system

Collectively, such studies reflect a growing recognition amongst scientists that musical behaviour is central to our humanity, to what it means to be human. Music is multiply sited in the brain and, according to archaeologists, predates language. We are musical by design. Therefore, we should seek to ensure that music has a central place in any educational system that aims to develop the whole person. It is not an option for policy makers (neither in preschool, compulsory schooling, further and higher education, nor in community education) if we really want to use research to address key human global challenges.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Fwd: FW: Music SIG Seminar, Monday 18 May 4-5pm in room 834

Music Education Special Interest Group


Research Seminar Announcement


'Flow' in the musical activities of novice and advanced musicians


Marcos Araújo (PhD student at the Department of Communication and Art of University of Aveiro, Portugal)


Monday 18th May


16.00 – 17.00


Room: 834


Further details from Lucy Green,


All are welcome





In this seminar Marcos will present studies on flow in the context of music practice. In the first part he will briefly review studies that show how the idea and promotion of flow can be beneficial to music learning processes. In the second part he presents two aspects of his current research. The first concerns a cross-sectional survey to investigate the dispositions to flow in practising alone, and to what extent some efficient practice behaviours adopted by advanced musicians are related to their flow dispositions. The second involved a short intervention with nine novice classical guitar students from a Portuguese conservatoire. It consisted of i) an informal lecture about informal learning approaches (e.g. learning by ear, experimentation, improvisation, use of figures, tablature, etc.); ii) group learning activities, with the main purpose being the application of classical techniques in other musical genres; and iii) a 'musical moment', where the students presented their own shared musical outcomes. The participants filled in a questionnaire at the end of the activity, assessing flow and motivation for learning guitar in the future. An interview was also conducted with the teacher two months after the activity. The findings shed light on how daily practice can heighten positive affective responses (flow) in musicians vulnerable to the requirements and difficulties of deliberate practice. It leads to questions about the optimization and sustaining of flow in daily practice, offering future directions in the study of effective engagement with deliberate music practice.


Marcos Araújo is a former Erasmus student at the UCL IoE, and a member of the Music Education Special Interest Group. His PhD is in the music doctoral program at the Department of Communication and Art of University of Aveiro, Portugal. Member of INET/MD – Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos de Música e Dança and the European Flow-Researchers Network (EFRN). He has presented his research in some of the main conferences on musical performance such as PERFORMA-2013 (Porto Alegre, Brazil), International Symposium on Performance Science 2013 (Vienna, Austria), and Performance Studies Network 3rd International Conference (Cambridge, UK), and published in peer-reviewed journals and publishers such as Psychology of Music and Springer. His research interests include flow and the cognitive and affective processes underlying music practices. As a musician, Marcos has been giving concerts both as a solo and chamber classical guitarist in Brazil, Portugal and UK.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Singing belongs to everyone - How to get millions of children singing within the span of a generation

Singing belongs to everyone - How to get millions of children singing within the span of a generation

Maybe this sentence sounds familiar, but we have used it also for our new international inspirational guide for choirs, published by Koor&Stem. It is a guide for all choirs, singers and choral conductors who want to share their passion for singing with children and youngsters. 

The basic idea of the guide is that the environment in which children are brought up plays a crucial role in the choice of their artistic hobbies and that there is a fantastic potential in the European choir community to convince their local communities of the importance of singing for children: all in all, there are 1 million choirs and 37 million singers all over Europe. One effort of a choir may just be that decisive nudge that will start the ball rolling. The new inspirational guide therefore describes small and large-scale initiatives from choirs, schools, municipalities and cultural organisations from all over Europe, designed to get children singing and hopes that it will give choirs ideas to take similar initiatives.

The brochure has been published in English, Dutch, French. The German version will be available next week. It can be downloaded freely on the Singing Cities website - and on the website of Koor&Stem I attach the English version and hope you are able to share it with others.

Kind regards,

Lucille Lamaker

Lucille Lamaker
Koor&Stem vzw
Organisatie voor vocale muziek

Zirkstraat 36

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fwd: May 26 seminar+concert

Tuesday, May 26,  2015  Artaud Performance Center 001
Brunel University
16:oo – 18:oo  Seminar

  "Synaethesia, Performance, Immersive Atmospheres"
A conversation between Noam Sagiv, Sérgio Basbaum, Oded Ben-Tal, & Johannes Birringer,
focusing on new interdisciplinary research perspectives that link psychology, anthropology,
architecture & the performing arts

19:00 Concert


This study day will explore the management, training
and therapy of the young voice. It will incorporate
identifying problems, handling the changing voice and
will look at potential routes to therapy where necessary.
It will address issues for both female and male
adolescent singers as well as children and will extend
into the realms of hearing and speech therapy.
The day will also include the Gunnar Rugheimer Lecture,
this year presented by Graham Welch.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fwd: World Symposium on Choral Music 11: Apply now!

Call For Choirs and Presenters
World Symposium on Choral Music XI, Barcelona, Spain, 22 – 29 July 2017

The next IFCM WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON CHORAL MUSIC will be in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Under the theme "The Colors of Peace", the IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music brings together the world's choirs, choral musicians, composers and publishers to share in and celebrate the diversity and artistic excellence of our global choral community.

CHOIRS: Should your choir apply? Choirs of all shapes and sizes from all corners of the globe can apply to perform at the world's greatest non-competitive international choral event.

Closing date for Choirs – November 1, 2015

Download the Application for Performance here

PRESENTERS: Do you have something that you would like to share with the choral world as a Presenter, Lecturer or workshop Leader? The IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music Artistic Team would love to hear your ideas.

Closing date for Presenters/Lecturers – December 1, 2015

Download the Application for Lectures/Workshops here

Now is the time to start thinking about putting your applications together.


Fwd: PhD Studentships available - WRocAH network York, Leeds and Sheffield Universities

Dear all,

Please see below details of three PhD studentships that are available from this Autumn as part of  a WRoCAH research network (one PhD available at Sheffield, Leeds and York Universities) Expressive nonverbal communication in ensemble performance.

The PhDs are interdisciplinary and all have scope to fit the backgrounds of relevant students. You may be from a music background with interest in empirical study and science behind performance or you may come form a computer science / engineering background and be interested in performance / singing.

Please advertise to anyone who may be interested

Best wishes,

Helena Daffern

Dr Helena Daffern
Director of York Centre for Singing Science
York Audio Network Coordinator
Audio Lab
Department of Electronics
University of York
YO10 5DD

Phone: 01904 32 2350

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Fwd: Online Experiment on Music, Emotion & Relaxation

Dear all,

I am a PhD candidate in Music Psychology/Neuroscience at the Freie
Universität in Berlin. I'm currently looking for participants for an
online experiment on an interesting research I'm working on. The topic
is music, emotion & relaxation. The experiment is about 20-25 minutes
long and consists of listening to a few musical pieces. If you would
like to help out, please click on one of the following four links
according to what month is your birthday:

between January and March:

between April and June:

between July and September:

between October and December:

Thank you very much and best regards,

Liila Taruffi