March 2013 - News!


AIRS Updates:

  • Quarterly Report: Individual Researcher Report for period of Dec 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013

Please note that the next Quaterly Report for Individual Researchers, for the period of December 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013, is due next month.

These reports are an essential recource for the AIRS team to be able to keep track of the progress of projects and research and appreciate your input in this area.

The report form is available online now for submission.


  • Review Paper Accepted:

Congratulations to Lily Chen-Hafteck, Beatriz Illari and Lisa Crawford who have had their review paper on "Singing and Cultural Understanding: A Music Education Perspective" accepted for publication in the International Journal of Music Education.


  • Short Student Summer Course in Sweden: Function of the Singing Voice

AIRS Collaborator Johan Sundberg, will be the primary instuctor leading a course on the Function of the Singing Voice, to be held  Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9, 2013 in Sandvik, Malmköping, Sweden

The course will address such questions such as: Why do the folds vibrate?, What's the effect on voice?, Where should the mic be and what recorder to use?, How do vocal styles differ: blues, rock, soul?, What decides how the voice is sounding? and How do my vocal folds look?

There is no tuition fee for citizens of European Union.

For any enquiries please contact Dr. Johan Sundberg.


  • World Voice day

World Voice day will be taking place on April 16, 2013!

World Voice Day is a worldwide annual event devoted to the celebration of the phenomenon of voice, and plans to celebrate the voice are currently in development all over the world.

For more information and how to get involved in celebrations in your region please visit the World Voice Day Website.


  • Year 5 Student Funding:

Please note that the deadline for submission for Year 5 student funding has been extended to Monday 4th March 2013.


  • 2013 Language & Literacy Special Issue-Call for Submissions

Studies from around the world have shown that singing is a powerful practice that can promote a variety of positive benefits including bonding and trust between people such as mothers and children, problem solving, socialization, creativity, physical development, and language and literacy development, to name only a few (e.g., Booch & Hachiva, 2004; Campbell, 2010).

To further illuminate the relationship between language, literacy, and singing, we are seeking paper submissions for a special issue of Language & Literacy: A Canadian eJournal from interested scholars.

Submissions can be made at:

For any further information or details, please contact the guest editor of the special issue, Dr. Zheng Zhang

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