AIRS News  

  • The following submissions involving AIRS researchers conducting research on singing have been accepted for presentation at the next meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, June 8-10. They will be presented at a GIMME-5 session entitled Do re me fa sol: Developmental research perspectives on singing and psychology. (Students at all levels, undergraduate, graduate*, and postdoctoral fellows** are indicated in blue text). 

    • Does infant directed singing cue infant prosociality? Laura K. Cirelli** & Sandra Trehub (Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga, Toronto, ON)

    • Infants’ processing of melody and lyrics when presented simultaneously in song. Alexandra M. Ryken & Christine D. Tsang (Department of Psychology, Huron University College at Western)

    • Effect of Song and Focus on Learning Unfamiliar Words by Musicians and Non-Musicians. Jiaqi Guo, Henrietta Lempert, Vanessa Lee, Amy Yu, Janice Hui, (Department of Psychology, University of Toronto)

    • Applying the Singing Experience Scale of Gick and Busch (2015). Hailey Arsenault, Ed Hanson & Annabel J. Cohen  (Department of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island)

    • Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have enhanced memory for vocal musicMichael W. Weiss**1, Megha Sharda**1, Sandra E. Trehub2, Krista L. Hyde1,3 (International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research (BRAMS), Department of Psychology, University of Montreal; University of Toronto; Faculty of Medicine, McGill University)

    • Vocal performance of student élite athletes: effects of music training on pitch stability of repeated key-notes in a familiar song.  Eric Da Silva1, Kyle Dutton1, Bing-Yi Pan*/**2, & Annabel J. Cohen1  (1 Department of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island;  2 Department of Music Therapy, Concordia University)

    • Antecedents to the Calling of Singer-songwriters in Canada: An Online Survey of the influences of geographic location, family members, and self-efficacy. Christopher Robison and Annabel J. Cohen (Department of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island)

  • Singing Ability, Musical Self-Concept, and Future Music Participation, Journal of Research in Music Education,  January 2017, Steven M. Demorest (Northwestern University), Jamey Kelley (Florida International University), and Peter Q. Pfordresher (University at Buffalo, State University of New York).  LINK

  • Enjoying a successful semester, the multicultural choir & song circle has a new Facebook Public Group page, and a new video clip highlights their success.  LINK  ...And at the University of Malta, another AIRS multicultural song circle has been meeting - for the 4th year. They are singing in celebration of St. Patrick's Day (courtesy of Godfrey Baldachino, who took the photo on the right below). 

AIRS News  

  • 2017 starts out well with the signing of contracts for a book series with titles representing the original AIRS Research Themes (Annabel Cohen series editor):

    • Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing: Volume I  Development (Co-editors: Frank Russo, Beatriz Ilari, Annabel Cohen)

    • Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing:  Volume II  Education (Co-editors - Helga Gudmundsdottir, Carol Beynon, Karen Ludke, Annabel Cohen)

    • Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing: Volume III  Well-being (Co-editors - Rachel Heydon, Daisy Fancourt, Annabel Cohen)

  • From AIRS research sub-theme on Singing and Intergenerational Understanding,  the book by Rachel Heydon and Susan O'Neill  entitled Why Multimodal Literacy Matters: (Re)conceptualizing Literacy and Wellbeing through Singing-Infused Multimodal, Intergenerational Curricula  (2016 - 168 pages) is now available.   LINK

  • Johan Sundberg invites all voice enthusiasts to organize events for  World Voice Day 2017 - anything public centered on the voice (lectures, public rehearsals, seminars, symposia, concerts) and these can take place around April 16, not necessarily on April 16; however,  the Global Vocal Concert will be at 19.30 local time in each time zone, moving by time zone around the world.  If you go ahead with this please mention the AIRS connection in your promotional material.  So far there have been 4 AIRS events over the last 2 years, but there can easily be many  more, especially with advance planning.

  • An overview of the AIRS Project was presented on January 12 by Annabel Cohen (AIRS Director)  to an interdisciplinary audience of students and faculty at the University of South Florida, Department of Music Education, hosted by Jennifer Bugos of the Department of Music Education, who has been using the remote version of the AIRS Test Battery of Singing Skills with senior adults and is incorporating components from the battery in an ongoing study of the relative benefits of various interventions on a variety of  cognitive abilities in a variety of domains.

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