December 2017 - News!

AIRS News  

  • 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 and write in the email subject area: “Psychology of Music”.

  • Dr. Frank Russo and grad student Ella Dubinsky, Ryerson University, are investigating the effects of short term choir participation on auditory perception in aging adults by examinating the way that brain cells communicate the sound that is heard, and how it is precieved and experienced.  A CBC radio documentary “Rx - Sing Your Heart Out” tells the story of this study.   Link 

Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops   view all upcoming

  • The Progressive Methods Conference, Western University, June 6-9, 2018, is a new initiative designed to bring together researchers, practitioners and others interested in addressing (or exploring) progressive methods in popular music in education.  The Call for Papers and further information can also be found here  

  • The Mayday Group will host its 30th Symposium: Understanding the Role of Cirriculum in Contemorary Learning Communities at Western University, London, Ontario between June 6-9, 2018.  Find out more here  Paper submission and further information can also be found here

  • 15th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition - 10th triennial conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, ICMPC15/ESCOM10, 23-28 July 2018. Conference will take place at four locations simultaneously: Graz (Austria), La Plata (Argentina), Montreal, and Sydney Australia. Each hub will present selected materials from the other three hubs in real time and in parallel with live on-site presentations. Virtual audiences will participate in discussions, also in real time.   Link  



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