After a pilot project in London Ontario, the AIRS Intergenerational Singing program ( directed by Professors Rachel Heydon and Carol Beynon, University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Education) has had a successful run at a second site - in Chatham Ontario. The Co-ordinator of the Seniors home called in the press in recognition of the value of the program for the residents. Congratulations AIRS 3.2 - on its way to the development of a handbook so that the developing curriculum for IG singing programs can be shared more broadly.
According to Carol Beynon, Associate Vice-Provost, School of Graduate Studies, University of Western Ontario "Both the residents and children are so disappointed that the program has come to an end, and I am hopeful that it will continue on a monthly basis. We learned a great deal through the process and have just completed the interviews.
Sincere thanks to graduate student assistants Joelle Nagle Crestan and Jen Hutchison who contributed so much to this part of AIRS 3.2"
Do you like to sing?
Join the UPEI Multicultural Choir & Song Circle!
Share songs from various cultures; Learn more about singing; Meet friends from across the campus & around the world
1st Meeting - Was a great success - Check out the impromtu repertoire at the new web-space for the group
and join us next week for more! Already singing songs from
Korean, Chinese, Maltese, French, Kenyan, Italian, Canadian, British, American, and animal (Babe the animated musical) cultures!
Add your voice and songs to the mix!
Meetings/rehearsals take place 4:30 - 5:30, same place
AIRS has posted four new student opportunities:
Two literature survey/ reviews associated with the AIRS digital library initiative:
- Survey of digital libraries for music and singing. This can include also non-music sites such as consideration of Talkbank, CHILDES, and ComNET as well as databases for motion capture, and audiovisual speech collections.
- Survey of computer technology for analysis and synthesis of singing. This may include comparisons with analysis/synthesis of speech.
- A unique postdoctoral position in research on singing is available through the AIRS at the home institution of a collaborator who agrees to be a supervisor.
- Support for students interested in conducting research on singing directed toward achieving milestones associated with one or more of the three main AIRS research themes: Development, Education, and Well-being.
Please see student opportunities for more information.
AIRS 4th Annual Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday August 22 to Friday Auguust 24, 2012 and will take place at the University of Prince Edward Island. Co-investigators, collaborators, students and partners... Please plan to attend this exciting event that will represent the consolidation of 3 1/2 years of activities and the milestones achieved. The Policy and Planning Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday evening, August 21 from 6:00 to 9:00. There will be a student workshop on Tuesday focusing on Methodologies in Singing Research. August 22nd will entail an overview of all aspects of the project, presented by the AIRS Executive including Director, Theme Leaders, and Sub-theme leaders of each of the themes of Development, Education, and Well-being as well as the other committees (Global Group, Student group, Ethics Committees)! A workshop on methodologies in singing research will be presented on August 21st.
An AIRS Symposium entitled “A major collaborative research initiative on singing: Focus on performance” organized by Frank Russo (serving as moderator and discussant) took place in Toronto, August 25, 2011 at the International Symposium on Performance Science. The conference was co-organized by Aaron Williamon and Darryl Edwards. The following papers were presented.