March 2018 - News!

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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, 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)


Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops   view all upcoming

  • 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 

  • The 19th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR 2018) will be held in Paris, France, from September 23-27, 2018. SMIR is the world’s leading research forum on processing, analyzing, searching, organizing and accessing music-related data. Call for paper here and information related to submission here.  Link 

  • A one day conference, The Unification of the Arts: Neurocognitive Perspectives on What the Arts Share and Why will be held Friday, May 11, 2018, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm at Council Chambers, Gilmour Hall, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. People are encouraged to present research findings related to cognitive and/or neural aspects of any branch of the arts at a poster session taking place during the lunch break. Abstracts should be submitted by April 20 to Matthew Berry at For further information, contact Steven Brown at   Link 

  • 3rd AES INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, Music Induced Hearing Disorders, will be held at Columbia College, Chicago Illinois, June 20–22, 2018. This conference intends to bring international focus on technological options for safer music exposure, such as hearing protection strategies and technology, conditions for populations at risk and risk behaviors, methods for sound exposure monitoring and assessment of hearing, among others. Proposal Submission deadline:February 23, 2018. Notification of Acceptance:March 30, 2018. Link  

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