• Simone Falk

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    Affiliation: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    Professional background

    Current position:  Post-doc assistant researcher and lecturer in Linguistics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. In the next 3 to 5 years I am working on my "Habilitation", the German qualification to become a professor. My research interests are language acquisition, phonology and syntax and the relationship between music and language in song. In 2008 I finished my PhD-thesis about "Prosodic features in infant-directed singing." This is an interdisciplinary work, where I studied how language-specific prosodic structure is shaped in songs sung to German, Russian and French learning infants in their first year of life. Between 2005 and 2007 I contributed to a broad study for the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education about early language acquisition in German. From 1998 to 2003 I studied German, French and Clinical Linguistics as well as journalism at the University of Bamberg, Germany and passed a semester at the Université Marc Block in Strasbourg, France. My musical background: I'm a trained singer (from the age of 12 onwards) and learned to play the piano (5 years experience).

    Research interest

    Music, singing and language acquisition; Auditive processing of music and language sound signals; Typology of speech prosodies of the world languages

    Research interests relevant to AIRS

    All the aspects of the development group (theme 1), especially perception and production.

    Potential contribution to AIRS

    I would like to contribute to the digital library with 600 sound samples of infant-directed singing in German, French, Russian which I recorded for my PhD thesis. In the next years I am going to continue the research about the perception and production of infant-directed singing and its contribution to language acquisition in different languages as well on the general music-language interface. I hope to share and discuss the results in the AIRS network, to find partners for projects and to contribute to AIRS workshops and conferences. Additionally I'm interested in exchange programs for students working on singing with partners of the AIRS Network.

    Expected benefit from the AIRS collaboration

    The AIRS project is an extraordinary chance to promote singing research in all areas and disciplines. This will bring large benefits especially to students learning to research in an interdisciplinary environment, but also to practitioners of music and language education and to health institutions that may integrate new findings and techniques in teaching and treatment. Personally I wish to find partners for interdisciplinary and international projects and cooperations in the AIRS network, exchange information, ideas and material, to bring my research results to a wider audience, and to meet with researchers and practitioners interested in the boundaries of language and music.

  • Simone Dalla Bella

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    Affiliation: Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Finance and Management in Warsaw, Poland
    Research interest

    Singing proficiency in the general population, tone-deafness (poor singing), acoustical analysis of sung performance (pitch and time accuracy)

  • Lauren Stewart

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    Affiliation: Goldsmiths, University of London
    Professional background

    Studied Physiological Sciences followed by an MSc in Neuroscience, both at Balliol College, before undertaking doctoral studies at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (UCL), followed by postdoctoral research at Newcastle University and Harvard Medical School

    Research interest

    Music Perception and Cognition

    Research interests relevant to AIRS

    Investigate the cognitive architecture of music, and its relation to other domains, such as language and spatial cognition

  • Laurel Trainor

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    Affiliation: McMaster University, McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind
    Research interest

    Auditory development, infancy, music perception, pitch rhythm learning and enculturation

    Research interests relevant to AIRS

    Musical development in children and infants - perceptual, cognitive, and social aspects of pitch and rhythm

  • Christine D. Tsang (PhD)

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    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario
    Professional background

    B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Psychology from McMaster University; former Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, joining the faculty of Huron in 2004; current Chair, Department of Psychology, Huron University College

    Research interest

    Infant auditory development, the relationship between early auditory skills and music and language development; interaction between music and language perception, the communicative role of playsongs and lullabies , and the role of music training on reading skills in early childhood

  • Beatriz Ilari

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    Affiliation: Federal University of Paraná
    Professional background

    PhD in music (concentration music education / music psychology) from McGill University (Canada), Master of Arts (violin) Montclair State University (USA) and a degree in art education - music, USP; founder and coordinator of music education at School of Music For Children's UFPR since 2003

    Research interest

    Musical development, early childhood, issues concerning musical experiences of Brazilian children, music stereotypes in childhood, musical parenting


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