Saturday, December 30, 2017

Professor John Sloboda awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year's Honours List for services to psychology and music

30 December 2017

Professor John Sloboda awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year's Honours List for services to psychology and music

Professor John Sloboda

Professor Sloboda has an extensive research profile in audience research, music performance studies, and music education.

Professor John Sloboda has been awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year's Honours list for his services to psychology and music. Professor Sloboda has an extensive research profile in audience research, music performance studies, and music education, leading the Guildhall School's Understanding Audiences research initiative as well as being Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Keele University. He was a staff member there from 1974-2008, where he was Director of its Unit for the Study of Musical Skill and Development, founded in 1991.

Professor John Sloboda commented, "This national honour, of which I am very proud, also celebrates the growing prominence of music psychology as a valued component of musical education and professional practice in the UK and the wider world. I am very happy to have played a significant role in its development and impact over the last 40 years."

Professor Helena Gaunt, Vice Principal and Director of Guildhall Innovation commented, "This award recognises Professor Sloboda's eminent career in academia and the relevance of his research, an important part of the Guildhall School's diverse work exploring and enabling connections between musicians/artistic practitioners and society. Just as John has been central to developing music psychology as a research discipline, so his work at Guildhall has been ground-breaking, challenging and has supported the development of professional practice and professional education in music."

Sloboda is internationally known for his work on the psychology of music. He has previously been recognised for being:

  • A Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • President of both the Psychology and General Sections of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, where he served on the editorial board of its journal Musicae Scientiae.
  • A member of the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research, and was previously Editor-in-Chief of its journal Psychology of Music from 1985-1989.
  • The recipient of the 1998 British Psychological Society's Presidents Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge.
  • Elected to Fellowship of the British Academy in 2004.

Recent work by Professor Sloboda has provided insights into audiences and their relationship to the composer and the musician, and he hosted and directed the 2nd International SIMM-posium conference in 2017, bringing together practitioners and researchers interested in the area of Social Impact of Making Music. While at Keele he founded Europe's first MSc in Music Psychology, and former postgraduate students now occupy leading academic positions internationally. He was also a member of the Senior Management Group of the think-tank Oxford Research Group and co-founder of the Iraq Body Count Project, in which he retains active ongoing engagement, as well as co-directing the charity Every Casualty Worldwide.

His books include The Musical Mind: the Cognitive Psychology of Music, and Exploring the Musical Mind: Cognition; Emotion: Ability: Function, both published by Oxford University Press.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

An Introduction to Arts and Health: Research, Policy and Practice

'An Introduction to Arts and Health: Research, Policy and Practice'

This is a one-day event open to early career researchers designed to provide an overview of research, policy and practice in the field of Arts and Health. 


WHEN: Monday 16th April 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm

WHERE: Clarke Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

WHO: Undergraduate and graduate students and early career researchers (within 8 years of completing a PhD)

COST: This is a free event and refreshments and lunch will be provided.

To book your space, please complete the registration form below. We will be reviewing all registration forms and contacting eligible individuals to offer them spaces. If you are neither a student nor an early career researcher but are interested in attending, you can register your details. However, you will be placed on a waiting list and your space will be confirmed 1 month prior to the event taking place.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Fwd: Permanent Position Opening: Lecturer in Music Enterprise, University of York

** This list is managed by Dr Evangelos Himonides (UCL), on behalf of the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (sempre), and aims to serve as a discussion forum for researchers working at the shared boundaries of science and music. This list was previously managed by the Institute of Musical Research. ** MESSAGE FOLLOWS:

Lecturer in Music Enterprise

We are looking for a capable leader who will work in a new discipline area at the intersection of entrepreneurial practice, culture management, music education and community work. You will need to be familiar with relevant theory and practice within relevant discipline areas, including domains such as: Culture Management, start-ups and partnerships, in addition to the musical issues surrounding social enterprise, collaborative practice, education and outreach provision. The department already has significant strength in the areas of Community Music and Music Education, and we are looking to complement this provision with an outward-facing, innovative new course of international relevance.

The role includes teaching, research and administration elements. You will design, develop and deliver teaching for MA and undergraduate programmes and modules. Initially, you will develop and deliver a new Masters level course, through which we wish to proactively help musicians be equipped for the challenges of working in a fast-changing, 21st-century climate.  You will develop research objectives, projects and proposals, carry out research and contribute to the production of research outputs and outcomes. You will also be expected to supervise and examine research students.  In addition you will effectively undertake a range of administrative and managerial responsibilities. 

Your essential skills, experience and qualifications for this role will include:  A PhD in Music, Music Education, Music or Culture Management, specialist subject knowledge in Music Enterprise, Education and Culture Management, experience of leading and designing both Masters and Undergraduate level courses, and evidence of a strong track record in research.

The University of York is committed to promoting equality and diversity

Dr. Hauke Egermann

****please have a look at my TEDx talk: *****

York Music Psychology Group (Director)
Music Science and Technology Research Cluster
Department of Music
University of York
Heslington, York
YO10 5DD, UK

Phone: +44 - 1904 - 324303

Room: MRC / 003

 - my office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm - 


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

Monday, December 18, 2017

Fwd: Funded PhD Opportunity: Music learning, ageing & cognitive impairment, Western Sydney University

** This list is managed by Dr Evangelos Himonides (UCL), on behalf of the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (sempre), and aims to serve as a discussion forum for researchers working at the shared boundaries of science and music. This list was previously managed by the Institute of Musical Research. ** MESSAGE FOLLOWS:

Dear all,


Apologies for cross-posting.


We are excited to share details of a fully-funded opportunity for a PhD candidate to explore music learning with cognitive impairment at Western Sydney University. Please can you circulate this to any interested parties? The deadline is 10th January for applications.


For enquiries, please contact Dr Jennifer MacRitchie ( in the first instance,



Jennifer MacRitchie




Dr Jennifer MacRitchie | Senior Research Fellow

Health and Wellbeing Research Theme

School of Humanities and Communication Arts

MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development

Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation)


P: +61 2 9772 6166

Office: Bankstown Campus – 1.G.53



Sunday, December 17, 2017

deadline extended to 24 December 2017: SEMPRE MET2018

Dear colleagues, it appears that a substantial number of people needed just a bit more time in order to complete their short proposals for MET2018. Please note that the deadline has today been extended to 24 December 2017.
We regret to report that we will not be able to go past this new date, as there will not be sufficient time for peer review and further editing.
We are looking forward to receiving your submission in due course.
Best wishes,

MET 2018

Researching Music – Education – Technology (MET2018)

26–27 March 2018

conference page:

#sempremet (
*venue: Senate House, University of London (Woburn Suite and Room G21A)

*chairs: Dr Evangelos Himonides, UCL; Dr Andrew King, University of
Hull; Dr Francisco Quadrado, Universidad Loyola Andalucía

*Registration fee (in British Pounds, GBP): £60 (SEMPRE student
members, and unwaged participants), £95 (SEMPRE members), £130 (non
members). Please note that it is of better value to acquire a SEMPRE
membership and register as a member, as you will be receiving copies
of the Journal, as well as online access to all back issues, on the
Sage website.

**Important Dates**

*Paper submissions available on the conference website. EXTENDED DEADLINE: 24
December 2017
*Authors notified: Monday 15 January 2018
*Conference: 26–27 March 2018
*Special submission for Big Data Volume: Monday 23 April 2018 (more
information tba soon)

**Keynote presentations**
*Professor Martha Hilley, University of Texas at Austin, USA
*Professor Andrea Creech, Université Laval, Canada

**Real world and music industry perspectives**
*Avgoustos Psillas, Autograph, UK
*Marv Radio, Independent clinician and artist, UK

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

MET2018 Director

Friday, December 8, 2017

Fwd: MUME 2018 - Call For Submissions




((( MUME 2018 )))

The 6th International Workshop on Musical Metacreation

June 25-26, 2018, Salamanca, Spain.

MUME 2018 is to be held at the University of Salamanca in conjunction
with the Ninth International Conference on Computational Creativity,
ICCC 2018.

=== Important Dates ===

Workshop submission deadline: March 2nd, 2018

Notification date: April 30th, 2018

Camera-ready version: May 25th, 2018

Workshop dates: June 25-26, 2018


Metacreation applies tools and techniques from artificial
intelligence, artificial life, and machine learning, themselves often
inspired by cognitive and natural science, for creative tasks. Musical
Metacreation studies the design and use of these generative tools and
theories for music making: discovery and exploration of novel musical
styles and content, collaboration between human performers and
creative software "partners", and design of systems in gaming and
entertainment that dynamically generate or modify music.

MUME intents to bring together artists, practitioners, and researchers
interested in developing systems that autonomously (or interactively)
recognize, learn, represent, compose, generate, complete, accompany,
or interpret music. As such, we welcome contributions to the theory or
practice of generative music systems and their applications in new
media, digital art, and entertainment at large.



We encourage paper and demo submissions on MUME-related topics,
including the following:

-- Models, Representation and Algorithms for MUME

---- Novel representations of musical information

---- Advances or applications of AI, machine learning, and statistical
techniques for generative music

---- Advances of A-Life, evolutionary computing or agent and
multi-agent based systems for generative music

---- Computational models of human musical creativity

-- Systems and Applications of MUME

---- Systems for autonomous or interactive music composition

---- Systems for automatic generation of expressive musical interpretation

---- Systems for learning or modeling music style and structure

---- Systems for intelligently remixing or recombining musical material

---- Online musical systems (i.e. systems with a real-time element)

---- Adaptive and generative music in video games

---- Generative systems in sound synthesis, or automatic synthesizer design

---- Techniques and systems for supporting human musical creativity

---- Emerging musical styles and approaches to music production and
performance involving the use of AI systems

---- Applications of musical metacreation for digital entertainment:
sound design, soundtracks, interactive art, etc.

-- Evaluation of MUME

---- Methodologies for qualitative or quantitative evaluation of MUME systems

---- Studies reporting on the evaluation of MUME

---- Socio-economical Impact of MUME

---- Philosophical implication of MUME

---- Authorship and legal implications of MUME

Submission Format and Requirements


Please make submissions via the EasyChair system at:

The workshop is a day and a half event that includes:

-Presentations of FULL TECHNICAL PAPERS (8 pages maximum)

-Presentations of POSITION PAPERS and WORK-IN-PROGRESS PAPERS (5 pages maximum)

-Presentations of DEMONSTRATIONS (3 pages maximum) which present
outputs of systems (working live or offline).

All papers should be submitted as complete works. Demo systems should
be tested and working by the time of submission, rather than be
speculative. We encourage audio and video material to accompany and
illustrate the papers (especially for demos). We ask that authors
arrange for their web hosting of audio and video files, and give URL
links to all such files within the text of the submitted paper.

Submissions do not have to be anonymized, as we use single-blind
reviewing. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three program
committee members.

Workshop papers will be published as MUME 2018 Proceedings and will be
archived with an ISBN number. Please use the updated MuMe paper
template to format your paper. Also please feel free to edit the
licence entry (at the bottom left of the first page of the new
template). We created a new MUME 2018 template based on AAAI template.
The MUME 2018 latex and Word template is available at:

Submission should be uploaded using MUME 2018 EasyChair portal:

For complete details on attendance, submissions and formatting, please
visit the workshop website:

Presentation and Multimedia Equipment:


We will provide a video projection system as well as a stereo audio
system for use by presenters at the venue. Additional equipment
required for presentations and demonstrations should be supplied by
the presenters. Contact the Workshop Chair to discuss any special
equipment and setup needs/concerns.



It is expected that at least one author of each accepted submission
will attend the workshop to present their contribution. We also
welcome those who would like to attend the workshop without
presenting. Workshop registration will be available through the ICCC
2018 conference system.



MUME 2018 builds on the enthusiastic response and participation we
received for the past occurrences of MUME series:

MUME 2012 (held in conjunction with AIIDE 2012 at Stanford):

MUME 2013 (held in conjunction with AIIDE 2013 at NorthEastern):

MUME 2014 (held in conjunction with AIIDE 2014 at North Carolina):

MUME 2016 (held in conjunction with ICCC 2016 at Université Pierre et
Marie Curie):

MUME 2017 (held in conjunction with ICCC 2017 at Georgia Institute of

Questions & Requests


Please direct any inquiries/suggestions/special requests to the
Workshop Chair, Philippe Pasquier (

Workshop Organizers


Pr. Philippe Pasquier (Workshop Chair)

School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT)

Simon Fraser University, Canada

Pr. Arne Eigenfeldt

School for the Contemporary Arts

Simon Fraser University, Canada

Dr. Oliver Bown

Design Lab, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

The University of Sydney, Australia

Kıvanç Tatar (MUME Administration and Publicity Assistant)

PhD Candidate

School of Interactive Arts and Technology,

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.



MUME Steering Committee

Andrew Brown

Griffith University, Australia

Anna Jordanous

University of Kent, UK

Bob Keller

Harvey Mudd College, US

Róisín Loughran

University College Dublin, Ireland

Michael Casey

Dartmouth College, US

Benjamin Smith

Purdue University Indianapolis, US

Kıvanç Tatar
PhD Candidate
Interactive Arts and Technology
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

Sunday, December 3, 2017


The ORFEU Journal, from PPGMUS / UDESC (BRAZIL), announces a Call for Papers for a Special Issue on the Psychology of Music, to be released in July 2018. The ORFEU Journal is a publication of the Postgraduate Programme in Music (PPGMUS) of the Centre for the Arts (CEART) of Santa Catarina State University (UDESC). ORFEU welcomes academic work which has national and/or international scope.
The Special Issue on the Psychology of Music will be coordinated by the invited editors Professor Graham Welch (UCL Institute of Education) and Dr. Luciana Hamond (UDESC). The aim of this Special Issue is to disseminate knowledge of research studies in the interface between psychology of music and music education. This Special Issue also encourages the dissemination of research in psychology of music which reports research methodologies with practical implications for music education. Articles in English, Spanish and Portuguese are welcome, as well as translations (or commentated versions) of original articles. Suggested topics for this Special Issue are:
- Cognition and music education
- Creativity and music education
- Feedback and music education
- Music and the brain
- Music and well-being
- Musical behaviour and development (childhood; adolescence; adults and older adults; and special needs)
- Musical learning and teaching (individual and in groups)
- Musical performance
- Technology and music education
Papers should be between 6,000 and 12,000 words (excluding title, abstract, keywords and references).  Submissions can be in English, Spanish or Portuguese, and should address at least one of the topics listed above. Researchers should avoid referring to their own names within the submitted papers. Acceptance of paper submissions will be determined by anonymous peer review. Researchers should pay close attention to proofreading and formatting in order to ensure that the submitted paper is sufficiently well-presented for publishing in the ORFEU's Special Issue in Psychology of Music. Please also make sure that you address any comments made by the peer reviewers in the review process.
Deadline for submissions: 18/02/2018 
*If you are not registered on the ORFEU Journal system, please register yourself as an author before submitting your paper.
Link for registration on the ORFEU Journal system
Link for author guidelines:
Should you have questions about any of the above points, feel free to write to, by writing on the subject area: "Psychology of Music".
Kind regards,
Dr. Luciana Hamond (Invited Editor, UDESC, Brazil)
Professor Graham Welch (Invited Editor, UCL-Institute of Education, UK)