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  • Rachel Heydon  will co-lead a Provincial Center of Excellence on Early Child Care over the next three years.  Rachel is the lead editor on the forthcoming volume  Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing: Vol 3 - Well-being. 

  • Rachel with Susan O'Neill has recently published a book "Why Multimodal LIteracy Matters: (Re) conceptualizing literacy and wellbeing through singing-infused multimodal intergenerational curricula.  Link.

  • Sandra Trehub and Laura K Cirelli, University of Toronto, have Published "Infants help singers of familiar songs". Infants are highly selective in their help to unfamiliar individuals. They investigated the effect of infant-directed song and recitation on 14-month-old infants’ subsequent helpfulness and proximity-seeking in relation to unfamiliar performers.   Link

  • 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 deadline for submission of papers has expired. The link for registration on the ORFEU Journal system is here.  

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Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops   view all upcoming

  • 2018 Symposium on Research in Choral Singing, Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, September 14-15, 2018. The Symposium will combine diverse presentational formats with opportunities for in-depth conversation, inquiry, and consideration of future research directions. Keynote speaker will be Graham Welch (University College of London).    Link 

  • Workshop “Musical ‘Meaning’, Social Interaction, and Teleofunctionalism”, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute for Musicology and Media Science, Research Area “Systematic Musicology”, July 13-14, 2018. Given that theories of representational semantics are not readily applicable to music, this workshop addresses an alternative question, tying in with a different approach taken from the philosophy of mind: teleofunctionalism—namely, whether a musical event can be considered meaningful by virtue of having a certain kind of proper function.  Submissions focusing on your motivations for attending the workshop, of 300 words or less, should be sent in PDF format to jin.hyun.kim@hu-berlin.de by 30 April 2018. Invited participants may indicate their desire to present a poster; selected proposals addressing the topic of this workshop—in all its variety and complexity—might be integrated into the program of workshop as statements (talks). All applicants will be notified of their application outcome by mid-May 2.  Link 

  • 3rd Musicians´ Health and Performance Conference in Helsinki, June 14-16, 2018. Musicians, health care professionals, professionals in music administration and students are welcome to attemd.   Link  

  • Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM18) will take place at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań on 17-20th October 2018. The theme of the conference will be "Meaning and Music". What does music mean? Where does its meaning come from? This conference involves all musicological subdisciplines and paradigms, and all musically relevant disciplines. Call for papers: submission deadline is 23:59 GMT 15 April 2018. More information here.    Link

  • The Music Research Nexus, The University of Georgia,  Hugh Hodgson School of Music - Call for Conference Proposals  to the Hip-Hop Music Ed Symposium, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, July 19-20, 2018. The event will bring together educators, musicians, and scholars to explore and experience Hip-Hop musicianship. Call for Submissions deadline is April 1, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 15, 2018. Submission guidelines hereLink
     

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  • 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 deadline for submission of papers has been extended to 15 March 2018. The link for registration on the ORFEU Journal system is here.   Link for author guideline here.   Questions about any of the above points, feel free to write to revistaorfeu@gmail.com, by writing on the subject area: “Psychology of Music”.

  • Carol Beynon and Jennifer Lang have published a new paper, The More We Get Together, The More We Learn: Focus on Intergenerational and Collaborative Learning Through Singing, Carol Beynon & Jennifer Lang,  Journal of Intergenerational Relationships Vol. 16, Iss. 1-2, 2018, which explores the conceptual and practical frameworks necessary to foster vibrant and equal learning opportunities for young children and elders through intergenerational singing programs.  Link   

  • Stephen Clift is one of multiple authors of a study,  Community singing groups for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: participant perspectives, Skingley, A., Clift, S. M., Hurley, S., Price, S. and Stephens, L. (2018)Perspectives in Public Health, 138 (1). pp. 66-75. ISSN 1757-9139.  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major public health issue which is irreversible and progressive, but previous research suggests that singing may have beneficial effects. The aim of this study was to establish the views of participants with COPD.   Link 

  • Daisy Fancourt has a paper published in The British Journal of Psychiatry, Effect of singing interventions on symptoms of postnatal depression: three-arm randomised controlled trial, D. Fancourt and R. Perkins,  Access Volume 212, Issue 2 February 2018 , pp. 119-121. This study assessed whether a novel psychosocial intervention could reduce symptoms of postnatal depression (PND) in the first 40 weeks post-birth.   Link 

  • Watch a TV report on a recent conference in Australia on 'Sing to Beat Parkinson's' - a concept and practice developed within the Sidney De Haan Research Centre: Stephen Clift, Director, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health,

         

Sing to Beat Parkinson's (click to play)

 

AIRS News  

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR to all, from AIRS Director Annabel Cohen, and AIRS staff. Best Wishes for 2018!

  • Henrietta Lempert is conducting a study which examines whether singing can facilitate acquisition of second language (L2) morphosyntax in L1-Chinese and L1-Korean learners. Learning the inflectional systems of a second language is challenging for adult learners and this difficulty is exaggerated in L1-Chinese and L1-Korean learners. 


    Henrietta Lempert and students (University of Toronto) report research on the Impact of singing in learning inflection in artificial grammar"  at the 13th Annual Neuromusic Conference of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, November 18th, 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 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. Deadline for submissions: 18/02/2018. To register, click here. Author guidelines here.  For questions, write to revistaorfeu@gmail.com and write in the email subject area: “Psychology of Music”.

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