Program - AIRS Start-up Conference June 27-30, 2009 (Draft 4)


AIRS Start-up meeting  June 27 - June 30, 2009   UPEI

Draft 4 -  Preliminary Programme

Comments and Suggestions from AIRS Team Members Welcome


Background preparation. All AIRS participants will provide advance background information about himself and herself that will be posted on the AIRS web-site.  Attendees will have read this information and be familiar with AIRS team members prior to the meeting.  As well, key issues to be addressed at the meeting will be posted in advance as the Draft AIRS Milestone Document.   Please be familiar at least with the section on the sub-themes most relevant to you.  Not all members are currently named in the document (pp. 8 & 9 particularly), but will be included  in the final draft. Locations within teams may change according to team member's preference, and multiple locations are welcome.


Saturday - June 27

2:30 - 4:30  Executive Meeting - Lower Level of the Robertson Library - CMTC Research Facility

Theme Team Leaders, and Digital Library, Student, Partner, Geographic, Stakeholder Representatives


7:00 - 9:30  Plenary  Opening reception -McDougall Hall

- Official Welcomes, Performance, Project overview from Project Leader,  and Theme leaders - Introduction of AIRS Researchers, Partners and representative Stakeholders


Sunday, June 28 McDougall Hall Market Square

9:00 - 9:30  Opening remarks and song exchange in the spirit of the project

9:30 - 10:30.  Plenary discussion of central issues of Theme 1 Team Leaders


10:30 - 10:45 Refreshment break


10:45 - 12:30 Plenary discussion of central issues of Theme 2 and 3.  Team Leaders


12:30 - 1:45  Lunch   (Main Building Faculty Lounge)

Andrew Hankinson

Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Quebec, Canada

Drupal: Websites for the rest of us


1:45 - 2:25   Digital library and the Virtual Research Environment -  Brief Plenary Tutorials in Robertson Library building (Mark Leggott and UPEI Technical Staff  Digital Library Team).


Oral  Presentations and Posters (Theme 1 Development) - McDougall Hall

2:30  Simone Dalla Bella and Magdalena Berkowska 1.1* (*Number refers to AIRS-sub-theme)

Dept. of Cognitive Psychology, University of Finance and Management in Warsaw, Poland

Tone deafness disrupts pitch production in music, not in speech: A case study


2:50 Laurel Trainor, Rayna Friendly and Steven Brown 1.1

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Development of singing: The current state of our knowledge and an outline of critical questions


3:10 Simone Falk1 and Tamara Rathcke2 1.1

1Ludwid-Maximilians-Universitat, 2Munchen Germany University of Glasgow, UK

The speech-to-song illusion: experimental evidence

Poster Summaries  Sunday, June 28


3:30  Marju Raju (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre), Eva Liina Asu (Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics) & Jaan Ross University of Tartu - Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies,

Comparison of rhythm in musical scores and performances as measured with the pairwise variability index


3:33 Nathalie Henrich Lucie Bailly, Xavier Pelorson & Bernard Lortat-Jacob

Speech and Cognition, GIPSA-lab, Saint Martin d'Hères, France

Physiological and physical understanding of singing voice practices: the Sardinian Bassu case


3:36 Annabel J. Cohen, Marsha Lannan, Jenna D. Coady,  Emily Gallant, and Annabel Cohen

AIRS and Department of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island

Developing a test battery of singing abilities with lifespan application


3:40 - 4:10 Posters and refreshments McDougall Hall Street


4:10 - 5:30  Oral Presentations (Theme 1 Development)


4:10   Mayumi Adachi and Taichi Ando (1.1)

Dept. of Psychology, Hokkaido University, N10 W7 Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

A Japanese infant's vocal features in daily contexts of infant-directed speech and song: A case study


4:30  Simone Falk 1.2

Ludwid-Maximilians-Universitat, Germany

From song to speech? Infant-directed singing in the first year of life


4:50  Nathalie Henrich1,2, Bernard Roubeau2, Michele Castellengo2,3, Bernard Roubeau2 -

1Dept. Speech and Cognition, GIPSA-lab, France; 2Service d'ORL et de Chirurgie Cervico-faciale, Hopital Tenon, Paris;  3LAM-IJLRA, France

How to identify the laryngeal mechanism of a singing voice production  (1.2)


5: 10 Dr. Psyche Loui & Gottfried Schlaug (LT) - 1.3

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA

Neural control of vocal pitch production


6:30  - 8:00  Dinner together  - Andrews Hall - UPEI Campus


8:00 - 9:30  Vocal or other entertainment, AIRS impromptu choir etc., followed by cash bar

Organized by June Countryman and Sung-Ha Shin-Bouey, UPEI Department of Music

Steel Auditorium for performance  to Main Building Faculty Lounge Refreshments and Cash Bar







Monday June 29

9:00 - 10:15   Break into 3 theme, digital library, student & + Partner /stakeholder group

discuss implementation of goals / videoconference as needed


10:15 - 10:30           Refreshment Break

*10:30 - 11:45   Remaining Poster descriptions/ lightning talks

10:30 Andrea Emberly 2.1

Department of Music Education, University of Washington, Seattle,  WA USA

The role of media on song acquisition in South African Children


10: 50 Allan Vurma (Estonian Academy of Music and Theater, Tallinn) & Jaan Ross 2.2

Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Tartu, Tallinn, Estonia

Observing a chameleon: How to bridge a gap between the voice training and its scientific description


11: 10 Nathalie Henrich, Sandra Cornaz, Nathalie Valle'e, Sandra Cornaz & Nathalie Vallée 2.3

Dept. Speech and Cognition, GIPSA-lab, 961 rue de la Houille Blanche, Saint

Martin d'Hères, France

Singing voice as a tool for improving the teaching/learning of a foreign language. The case of Italian speakers learning French.


Poster Summaries

11:30  Jennifer Sullivan  (2.2)

Department of Psychology, St Francis Xavier University

Learning and Singing: Song Intervention to Enhance Preschool Vocabulary


11:33  Martin Gardiner (2.2)

Dr. Martin F. Gardiner - 1.1, 2.3 and 3.3

Center for the Study of Human Development, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA

WORLearning singing skills: Effects on broader skill learning


11:36  Godfrey Baldacchino (3.1)

Institute of Island Studies and Department of Sociology and Anthropology, UPEI

The  AIRS Island Global Network for Research in Singing and Song


11.39   Rachel Heydon (3.2)

Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

Enhancing communicative learning opportunities through intergenerational art curricula: A multi-phase qualitative study leading to the AIRS research in intergenerational understanding

11:42  Jennifer Nicole (3.3)

Department of Counselling Psychology, University of Saskatchewan, CANADA

Title TBA


11:45 Stephen M. Clift, Grenville Hancox, Ian Morrison, Bärbel Hess, Gunter Kreutz and Don            Stewart

Sydney de Haan Centre, University of Canterbury, UK

What do Singers Say About the Effects of Choral Singing on Physical Health?

Findings from a Survey of Choristers in Australia, England and Germany

*11:50 - 1:15   Poster session and lunch  Monday, June 29


*1:15 - 2:30     Oral presentations


1:15 Prof. Lawrence P. O'Farrell (CI): Presentation (Long) - 3.1

Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada

Networking and Publication Outlets for AIRS


1:30  Dr. Lily Chen-Hafteck (CI): Presentation (Long) - 3.1

Kean University, New Jersey, USA

Effects of an Interdisciplinary Chinese Music Program on Children's Cultural Understanding


1:50  Prof. Stephen M. Clift Grenville Hancox, Ann Skingley, Ian Morrison & Hilary Bungay 3.3

Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK

Community Singing for Wellbeing and Health: Report on a Progressive Research Programme within the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, UK


2:10 Dr. Lauren Stewart (CI): 1Lauren Stewart, 1Susan Anderson, 1Karen Wise & 2Graham Welch

- 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Department of Psychology, Keele, UK, 2Institute of Education, London, UK)

Psychology Department, University of London, UK

An Intervention Study in Congenital Amusia


2:30 - 4:00  Break further into subgroups of each theme  1a, 1b,1c, 2a 2b,2c, 3a, 3b, 3c


4:00 -4:30     Within theme groups report back to each other: all Theme 1, 2, and 3


5:30 - 7:00    Reception/concert at the home of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island across from the board walk


7:15 - 9:00   Dinner (Confederation Centre of the Arts - tentative)


Tuesday, June 30   McDougall Hall


9:00 - 12:00  Plenary:  Reports from the Theme Subgroups (video conference as needed)


10:15  Coffee


12:00 - 1:00  Box Lunch


1:30 - 4:30      Team Leaders  - Wrap -up

Robertson Library, CMTC Lower Level Laboratory


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