AIRS News  

  • Susan O'Neill is the new president elect for ISME (International Society for Music Education). LINK   Congratulations Susan!  At the biennial  ISME meeting in Glasgow,  Susan  spoke in a symposium on Music Education Advocacy: Connecting Research, Policy, and Practice to Support the Profession.  Susan has been collaborating with Rachel Heydon in the Singing and Intergenerational Understanding  (AIRS Sub-Theme 3.2) and together they have written a book entitled Why multimodal literacy matters: (Re)Conceptualizing literacy and wellbeing through a singing-infused multimodal, intergenerational curriculum: Intergenerational curriculum which is in press with Sense Publishers (Amsterdam).

  • Frank Russo,  Lead for  AIRS Theme 1 Singing and Development has been promoted to Full Professor of Psychology at Ryerson University.  Congratulations Frank!  He will recieve the prestigious Early Career Award of the  International Commission for Acoustics (ICA) at the 22nd International Congress on Acoustics taking place in Buenos Aires, 2016, September 5-9.  He will deliver one of 5 plenary lectures.  The title of his talk is "Understanding music perception from the perspective of oscillation and resonance". 

  • New study shows that " group singing can increase closeness to less familiar individuals regardless of whether they share a common motivation, but that singing competitively may reduce closeness within a very tight-knit group".  See  the article by Eiluned Pearce, Jacques Launay, Max van Duijn, Anna Rotkirch, Tamas David-Barrett, and Robin I. M. Dunbar (2016, on line first).  Singing together or apart:  The effect of competitive and cooperative singing on social bonding within and between sub-groups of a university Fraternity. Psychology of Music,  Link

  • "Choir! Choir! Choir! began over five years ago in Toronto (Arla Good is a member) bringing together people in a non-audition situation to rehearse and perform various pop songs.  The leaders Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman were in Charlottetown PEI on August 26, and directed  a sold out crowd of 300 (limited by room size) in singing their original 3-part arrangement of  the Tragically Hip's  "You are ahead by a century" Link  or  Link (song starts 6 minutes in).  
     

Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops     view all upcoming

  • Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt University - the annual symposium, this year with a focus on The Science of Song, and a keynote talk by Isabelle Peretz.  Program

  • The Neurosciences and Music  - VI    15-18 June 2017.  Symposium submission deadline  15 October 2016  Link 

AIRS News  

  • Simone Falk has been appointed associate professor at the Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle beginning September 2016. She has also just published an article based on the AIRS project: Temporal variability in sung productions of adolescents who stutter, Journal of Communication Disorders 62 (2016) 101-114, Simon Falk, Elena Maslow, Georg Thum, Philip Hoole.  LINK

  • Infants prefer infant-directed song over speech (in press), Christine Tsang, Simone Falk, Alexandria Hessel, Aug 2016, Child Development. Request full-text here. 
     

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  • Digital Libraries for Musicology,  August 12, 2016.  AIRS is presenting a posterApplication of Islandora for Interdisciplinary Musicological Research: the AIRS DL for Research in Singing. 

AIRS News  

  • July has been such a busy month for AIRS researchers with numerous conference presentations at the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in San Francisco at the beginning of the month (AIRS Symposia on Singing and Development, and on Singing and Well-being), and the  Biennial Conference of the International Society of Music Education in Glasgow at the end of the month.   Between these two meetings  (AIRS Symposium on Singing and Cross-cultural understanding,  presentation on Singing and Social Capital, and workshop on the AIRS Test Battery of Singing Skills). In addition meetings of AIRS attendees gathered together over a meal to reconnect, consolidate and discuss future plans.   A workshop took place on Singing, Song and Community at the University of Prince Edward Island (AIRS hub) with a keynote address by Rachel Heydon from the University of Western Ontario.

  • Temporal variability in sung productions of adolescents who stutter, Simone Falk, Elena Maslow, Georg Thum, Philip Hoole. Full-text Article here, Jun 2016, Journal of Communication Disorders

  • Infants prefer infant-directed song over speech (in press), Christine Tsang, Simone Falk, Alexandria Hessel, Aug 2016, Child Development. Request full-text here. 

  • UPDATE ON AIRS DIGITAL LIBRARY:  AIRS Members are now browsing, searching, and uploading AIRS research from the past 7 years. Check out this link to the Digital Library Index page on the AIRS Home Page. Students who wish to upload research material to the AIRS Digital Library need to contact AIRS Administration to obtain rights to do so.  Current AIRS members already have such rights.  Please see the DL Index Page for links to helpful video tutorials about ingesting to and searching material in the Digital Library.
     

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