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Conference Presentations from AIRS Researchers this Month

AIRS News  

  • AIRS 6th Annual Meeting.  The AIRS 6th Annual Meeting (2015) will  take place in Nashville, Tennessee  (Music City, USA ☺) July 30-31, prior to the biennial meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC) co-convened by Reyna Gordon and Elisabeth Dykens).  Abstracts for the AIRS Symposium will be requested by May 15.  The forms below are provided for research abstracts, performing at the AIRS concert (July 31), and student travel competition  (links early April 23 were not active... will be checked out later today, sorry).

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  • AIRS Co-Investigators  Prof. Darryl Edwards and Prof. Susan O'Neill joined by  Prof. Yaroslav Senyshyn are introducing a one-week intensive  Music Reseach Workshop and Symposium  at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI, Artistic Director, Darryl Edwards), July  15-19, 2015 (with preparatory readings and follow-up research paper), in collaboration with AIRS. Stay tuned.  Opportunities for  university course credit may be arranged. 

Recent Publications

  • Mothers as Singing Mentors for Infants, Sandra E. Trehub and Helga Rut Gudmundsdottir, The Oxford Handbook of Singing (Forthcoming), Edited by Graham Welch, David M. Howard, and John Nix. Online Publication Date: Jan 2015 DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199660773.013.25

    Mothers sing expressively while caring for infants . Initially, such singing is for emotion regulation: for promoting tranquility, sleep, playful engagement, or stress reduction, depending on the context. Infants ’responsiveness to such singing encourages further maternal singing . Mothers act as singing mentors even though their mentoring is initially intuitive versus deliberate, emphasizing pleasure/comfort over precision. Their singing also has intuitive didactic aspects in its emphasis on pitch and temporal structure of songs. The face-to-face context provides infants with performances featuring distinctive visual/vocal gestures. As imitators, infants mimic maternal performances, prompting mothers to become deliberate mentors who coax increasingly complex contributions from infants . Initially, infants make single-syllable contributions to such duets, progressing to phrases and songs. Well before age two, many toddlers produce singing that preserves pitch contours, rhythms, and approximate range of familiar songs. Subsequent educator mentoring can build on these achievements if relationship building and maintenance have priority over skill building.  LINK  



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