AIRS News  

  • AIRS welcomes Dr. Ted Hewitt, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, as he visits Prince Edward Island and the AIRS research facility at UPEI, among other SSRHC initiatives on the campus. Representative students, faculty, and partners are delighted to greet him and share information about their engagement in and contribution to the project. 

  • The paper entitled "Identifying style-types in a sample of musical improvisations using dimensional reduction and cluster analysis"  by Blair K. Ellis, Heungsun Hwang, Patrick E. Savage,  Bing-Yi PanAnnabel J. Cohen, and Steven Brown has been accepted for publication in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (published by the American Psychological Association).  The study describes a new approach to classifying improvisations, particularly improvisations from non-experts.  The process has a number of steps, the first of which is based on the Cantometrics system of Lomax which led to the development of the CantoCore classification system in the laboratory of Steven Brown. The data to which the new techniques were applied were from the improvisations produced by participants in the AIRS Test Battery of Singing Skills. The work was completed in connection with the Master's thesis of Blair Ellis  with Steven Brown.  Blair had spent two summers with AIRS during and following his undergraduate degrees in music and psychology at Mount Allison University.  Bing-Yi Pan  did developmental work on the online AIRS Test Battery carrying out postdoctoral studies with AIRS. This is the first publication to report data from the online version of the AIRS Test Battery.  Steven and Blair first connected met at UPEI when Steven  gave a keynote address and participated  in a summer workshop on the resilience of song at UPEI.

  • Johan Sundberg invites all voice enthusiasts to organize events for  World Voice Day 2017 - anything public centered on the voice (lectures, public rehearsals, seminars, symposia, concerts) and these can take place around April 16, not necessarily on April 16; however,  the Global Vocal Concert will be at 19.30 local time in each time zone, moving by time zone around the world.  If you go ahead with this please mention the AIRS connection in your promotional material.  So far there have been 4 AIRS events over the last 2 years, but there can easily be many  more, especially with advance planning.

  • Both Helga Gudmundsdottir and Lily Chen-Hafteck were  invited to participate on the program of a conference in held at the "New directions for performance and music teacher education: A symposium on university music education in China" held at The Arts College of Xiamen University,  Fujian Province, China. Helga's presentation was entitled "Strategies and challenges in forming an eclectic program in music teacher education" and Lily's was "Connecting music and culture in teacher education: enhancing students' musical and cultural understanding".  Both  presenters are doing much travelling this term as Fulbright Scholars - Helga now based at Columbia and Lily at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

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Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops     view all upcoming

  • The Society for Music perception and Cognition (SMPC), San Diego, CA. 30 July - 3 August, 2017.  Submissions deadline: 15 Feb, 2017.  LINK

  • The Neurosciences and Music  - VI,  Boston, 15-18 June 2017.  Poster submission deadline: 1  December 2016  LINK 

  • 12th Annual NeuroMusic Conference:  "The therapeutic nature of music across the lifespan", The McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind.  November 10th, 9 am to 10 pm, McMaster Innovation Park.  LINK

  • Association for Psychological Science, Boston, 25-28 May 2017. Symposium submission deadline: 1 December 2016  LINK

AIRS News  

  • World Singing Day,  Saturday October 22nd -- an important opportunity to organize a singing event in your jurisdiction and join in this global initiative. LINK

  • AIRS Multicultural Choir and Song Circle at UPEI - now in its 6th year - adding songs of Cuba and Philippines. 

  • Trehub, S. E., Plantinga, J., & Russo, F. A. (2016). Maternal vocal interactions with infants: Reciprocal visual influences. Social Development, 112, 8809-8810. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/sode.12164

  • IEEE AASP TC,* we invite you to consider the first Bird Audio Detection Challenge. LINK

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Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops    view all upcoming

  • The Neurosciences and Music  - VI,  Boston, 15-18 June 2017.  Symposium submission deadline 15 October 2016  LINK

  • Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt University, September 12, 2016, the annual symposium, this year with a focus on The Science of Song, and a keynote talk by Isabelle Peretz.  Program 

AIRS News  

  • Susan O'Neill is the new president elect for ISME (International Society for Music Education). LINK   Congratulations Susan!  At the biennial  ISME meeting in Glasgow,  Susan  spoke in a symposium on Music Education Advocacy: Connecting Research, Policy, and Practice to Support the Profession.  Susan has been collaborating with Rachel Heydon in the Singing and Intergenerational Understanding  (AIRS Sub-Theme 3.2) and together they have written a book entitled Why multimodal literacy matters: (Re)Conceptualizing literacy and wellbeing through a singing-infused multimodal, intergenerational curriculum: Intergenerational curriculum which is in press with Sense Publishers (Amsterdam).

  • Frank Russo,  Lead for  AIRS Theme 1 Singing and Development has been promoted to Full Professor of Psychology at Ryerson University.  Congratulations Frank!  He will recieve the prestigious Early Career Award of the  International Commission for Acoustics (ICA) at the 22nd International Congress on Acoustics taking place in Buenos Aires, 2016, September 5-9.  He will deliver one of 5 plenary lectures.  The title of his talk is "Understanding music perception from the perspective of oscillation and resonance". 

  • New study shows that " group singing can increase closeness to less familiar individuals regardless of whether they share a common motivation, but that singing competitively may reduce closeness within a very tight-knit group".  See  the article by Eiluned Pearce, Jacques Launay, Max van Duijn, Anna Rotkirch, Tamas David-Barrett, and Robin I. M. Dunbar (2016, on line first).  Singing together or apart:  The effect of competitive and cooperative singing on social bonding within and between sub-groups of a university Fraternity. Psychology of Music,  LINK

  • "Choir! Choir! Choir! began over five years ago in Toronto (Arla Good is a member) bringing together people in a non-audition situation to rehearse and perform various pop songs.  The leaders Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman were in Charlottetown PEI on August 26, and directed  a sold out crowd of 300 (limited by room size) in singing their original 3-part arrangement of  the Tragically Hip's  "You are ahead by a century" LINK  or  LINK (song starts 6 minutes in).  

Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops     view all upcoming

  • Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt University - the annual symposium, this year with a focus on The Science of Song, and a keynote talk by Isabelle Peretz.  Program

  • The Neurosciences and Music  - VI, Boston, 15-18 June 2017.  Symposium submission deadline  15 October 2016 LINK



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