AIRS 4th Annual Meeting (Charlottetown 2012) Program and Proceedings


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Tuesday, August 21 - McDougall Hall, UPEI



3.1 International Research Project on Singing and Cultural Understanding:

Quad-Cultural Songbook Project: Focus on Children in Brazil, Canada, China, & Kenya

Organized by Lily Chen-Hafteck, assisted by Nancy Gleason & Robert Anderson; participation by AIRS awardees from each country. Other students or AIRS collaborators are welcome.


8:30 AM - 3:00 PM


7:45 AM       Breakfast (provided at Wanda Wyatt Dining Hall – look for us at 1 big table there!)

8:30 AM      Introduction - Dr. Lily Chen-Hafteck

8:45 AM      Report from Brazil (20 minutes)

9:05 AM     Q&A for Brazil

9:15 AM     Report from Canada (20 minutes)

9:35 AM     Q&A for Canada

9:45 AM     Break

10:00 AM    Report from China (20 minutes)

10:20 AM    Q&A for China

10:30 AM    Report from Kenya (20 minutes)

10:50 AM    Q&A for Kenya

11:00 AM    Viewing and comments on Video Data

12:00 PM    Lunch Break (provided)

12:45 PM    Introduction, Welcome & Test Battery Proposal – Dr. Annabel Cohen, AIRS Project Director

1:00 PM     Data Analyses

2:00 PM     Plans for the future

2:45 PM     Wrap-up and Next Steps

3:00 PM     Meeting Adjourned

Confirmed Attendees:


Unconfirmed Attendees:Lily Chen-HafteckXie JiaXing (China)Patricia Campbell
Annabel Cohen – Arrives 12:45pmUnable to Attend:Robert AndersonFrank Russo (Canada)Nancy Gleason
Elizabeth Andang’o (Kenya)Available Assistance for Data Analyses:Yue Xiao (China)Jenny Sullivan (arrives in afternoon)Angelita Broock (Brazil)
Beatriz Ilari (Brazil)
Zuraida Abud Bastiao (Brazil)
Alda de Jesus Olivera (Brazil) –Arrives 1pm
Lisa Crawford
Arla Good (Canada)
Kelly Gillis (Canada)
Utpola Borah (arrives in evening)








7:00 PM

For all AIRS Students and Early Career Research Professionals

Student & ECRP Pizza Dinner

Location: Bill & Denise Andrew Hall Room 142







Note: Posters

Posters should be left at registration table to be mounted for display throughout the entire meeting, with opportunities to view before sessions, during coffee breaks. A special poster session takes place Wednesday from 2:15 - 3:30 pm, and the public is invited to view posters from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Posters are identified with their sub-theme in the program and in the abstract section.





AIRS Policy and Planning Committee Meeting

Location: CMTC-AIRS (Robertson Library Building, Lower Level, Room 103)

Attendees:Theme leaders, sub-theme leaders, committee chairs, advisory board and director and AIRS executive staff




2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Policy & Planning Committee meet to review presentations for Aug. 22

5:45 PM - 6:30 PM Policy & Planning Committee Dinner

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Policy & Planning Committee Meeting


 *Hilary Apfelstadt, AIRS Advisory Board

 *Philip Smith, AIRS  Advisory Board

 *Kate Stevens, AIRS Advisory Board

 Anna Maria  di Sciullo, AIRS Advisory Board (adjunct)


AIRS Policy and Planning Committee


  *Christine Tsang, Co-leader 1.1     

  Laurel Trainor, Co-leader 1.1    

  *Frank Russo, Co-leader 1.2  and Theme 1 Leader (Steering Committee)

  Sandra.Trehub Co-leader 1.2

  *Annabel Cohen,  leader 1.3 and Director (Steering Committee)

  *Patricia Campbell, Leader 2.1 & Theme 2 Leader (Steering Committee) - Honorary

  *Darryl Edwards,  Leader 2.2

  *Jenny Sullivan  Co-leader 2.3

  Andrea Rose, Co-leader 2.3

  *Mary Gick, Theme 3 Leader (Steering Committee) (repres. by Godfrey Baldacchino

  *Lily Chen-Hafteck  Co-leader 3.1 

  *Godfrey Baldacchino, Co-leader 3.1

  Rachel Heydon,  Leader 3.2 (by video conference if possible)

  Jennifer Nicol, Leader 3.3

  *Jonathan Lane, Technical Support Digital Library

  * Nyssim Lefford, Facilitator Digital Library

  Ichiro Fujinaga, Co-leader Digital Library     

  George Tzanetakis,  Co-leader Digital Library

  Arla Good, Student and Early Career Researcher Professionals (SECRP)

 *Caroline van Niekerk, Global Group (video conference)

 Corrine Hendriken-Eldershaw, Partner (Laurier Institute for Music in the Community, Ontario)

 *Thérèse Antonini, Administrative Project Manager (Finance), ex officio

  Bing-Yi Pan, AIRS Postdoctoral Fellow ex officio


  *Attending Annual Meeting and Policy Planning Committee Meeting

  Agenda: Focus on Milestones, Mid-Term Review and effective Annual Meeting





Wednesday, August 22- McDougall Hall, UPEI





7:30 AM - 8:30 AM - Breakfast


8:30 AM - 8:50 AM -Registration/Coffee


9:00 AM - 9:15 AM - Welcome, Introductions, Group Singing and Goals of the Meeting

        Welcome - James Moran, Assoc. Dean, UPEI Faculty of Arts (2 minutes)

        Annabel Cohen – AIRS Director (2 minutes)

        Philip Smith – AIRS Advisory Board Member (3 minutes)

        Hilary Apfelstadt – AIRS Advisory Board Member (3 minutes)

        Kate Stevens – AIRS Advisory Board Member (3 minutes)

        Singing: Dona Nobis Pacem (4 minutes)


9:16 AM – 11:00 AM - AIRS Midterm Overview

         Orientation - Dr. Annabel Cohen (3 minutes)


9: 20 AM - Development: Leader Theme 1 Frank Russo (4 minutes)

        1.1, 1.2, 1.3 (presented by sub-theme leaders, 4 minutes each, total 12 min)

            1.1 Christine Tsang

            1.2 Frank Russo and Sandra Trehub

            1.3 Annabel Cohen

        Discussion – (6 minutes)


9:42 AM - Education: Leader Theme 2 Patricia Campbell (4 minutes)

        2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (sub-theme leaders, 4 minutes each, total 12 minutes)

            2.1 Patricia Campbell

            2.2 Darryl Edwards

            2.3 Jennifer Sullivan and Andrea Rose

        Discussion – (6 minutes)


10:04 AM - Wellbeing: Theme 3 Leader Mary Gick (4 minutes)

        3.1, 3.2, 3.3 (sub-theme leaders, 4 minutes each, total 12 minutes)

            3.1 Lily Chen-Hafteck & Godfrey Baldacchino

            3.2 Rachel Heydon

            3.3 Jean Emmerson for Jennifer Nicol

        Discussion – (6 minutes)


10:26 AM - Digital Library:brief update/demo – Jonathan Lane/Nyssim Lefford


10:36 AM - Student-Early Career Research Professionals: Arla Good


10:41 AM - AIRS Partners and Stakeholders:(7 minutes)


10:48 AM - Ethics, Statistics and Intellectual Property:Jennifer Sullivan


10:51 AM - Global Group: Mayumi Adachi and Stephanie Stadler Elmer


11:00 AM - 11:20 AM - Coffee break


11:20 AM - 11:50 AM - Themes breakout (separate discussion for Development, Education, Well-being and Digital Library)


         Topic: New AIRS Milestone document, April 2013-March 2016


         Please take notes during this session for use during group discussion.


11:50 AM – 12:20 PM - Reports from each Sub-theme:(3 minutes each – within sub-theme, within theme, and across themes)


12:20 PM – 12:45 PM - Group discussion:focus on synergies and translational research implementing change


12:45 PM – 2:15 PM - Lunch:Charlottetown Farmers Market


2:15 PM – 3:30 PM - Closed Poster Session:NOTE: Posters will be displayed throughout the entire meeting.


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Public Poster Session:welcoming government, partners, stakeholders and UPEI (refreshments and musical entertainment provided)


All SSHRC Reviews take place in the CMTC-AIRS

Location: (Robertson Library Building, Lower Level, Room 103)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: SSHRC Review with the Theme Leaders and the Steering Committee

2:05 PM - 3:40 PM: SSHRC Review with the Sub-Theme Leaders of Themes 1 – 4

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM: SSHRC Review with University Representatives (Dean of Arts, VP Research)


4:30 PM - 5:30 PM:Official Opening:McDougall Hall Room 246

        Welcome from the Acting VP Academic

        Introductions: AIRS staff, AIRS Advisory Board, Research Collaborators, Partners, Stakeholders

        Student Presentation, Vocal Entertainment


5:30PM - 6:00 PM - Photo opportunity


6:00PM - 7:15PM - Dinner Buffet

        Schurman Market Square, Don & Marion McDougall Hall


7:30PM- 9:00 PM - Celebration of Singing Concert(organized by Sung-Ha Shin-Bouey)

        Steele Recital Hall


9:15 PM - Reception




Thursday,August 23 - McDougall Hall, UPEI





Technical Program with presentation titles and authors

(Titles and Authors- detailed abstracts and bios will follow)




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7:30 AM - 8:30AM -Breakfast

8:30AM - 8:50 AM -Coffee






9:00 AM - 9:15 AM :Early Song Singing Infants Discover a Rule-Based System

                                                -Stephanie Stadler Elmer and Daniel Muzzulini

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM :The Development of Singing Perception and its Relationship to Cognitive Development in Three Cohorts of Children Aged 5 to 9 Years

                                                -Amy Fancourt and Christine D. Tsang





9:30AM - 9:45AM :The Effect of Restricted Facial Mimicry on the Perception of Emotional Song

                                                -Lisa P. Chan and Frank Russo

9:45AM - 10:00AM :Does an Icelandic Woman Know When a Japanese Toddler Sings?

                                                -Mayumi Adachi and Helga Rut Gudmundsdóttir

10:00AM - 10:15AM :Introducing RAVDESS: A New Database of Emotional Song and Speech

                                                -Steven Livingstone, Katlyn Peck and Frank Russo



Is This Novel or Familiar? Infants' Looking Responses to Infant-Directed Speaking and Singing

                                                - Sara Murphy, Charlene Parker and Petra Hauf

Regulating Infants' Emotions through Maternal Singing and Speech

                                                Niusha Ghazban, Frank Russo, Sandra Trehub, Natalie Ein, Sabrina Aimola, Jean Paul Boudreau


10:15AM - 10:30AM : Coffee Break and Posters






10:30AM- 10:45 AM :Application of the AIRS Test Battery with Icelandic Preschool Children

                                                - Helga Rut Gudmundsdottir and Bryndis Baldvinsdottir

10:45AM - 11:00AM : Pre-school Children's Skills with the AIRS Test Battery

                                                -Mike Forrester and Emma Borthwick-Hunter

11:00AM - 11:15AM :Automated AIRS Test Battery: A New Methodology and Preliminary Data

                                                -Bing-Yi Pan and Annabel Cohen


Musical and Non-Musical Content in Children's Favourite Tunes

                                                - Beatriz Ilari, Vivian Agnolo Barbosa and Tiago Madalozzo

Personality Influences on the AIRS Test Battery: A comparison of Native Chinese and Native Canadian University Students on the AIRS Test Battery

                                                -Sisi Pan, Bing-Yi Pan and Annabel J. Cohen


11:15AM- 11:30AM : Discussion on Theme 1:Development



11:30AM- 12:00PM : Workshop on Data Sharing (Chair-Mike Forrester)

                                                -Helga Gudmundsdottir, June Countryman & Donald Moses


12:00PM - 1:30PM : Lunch (at MacMillian Hall, W.A. Murphy Student Centre)


12:10PM - 12:20PM : Student & ECRP Report



12:20PM - 12:40PM :Can Music Change National and Racial Attitudes

                                                 - Felix Neto

12:45PM - 1:05PM :Exploring the Implementation of an English Model of Health Promotion on Singing Groups for Older Adults (Silver Song Clubs) in Italy

                                                - Elisabetta Corvo


12:30PM - 1:00PM : SSHRC Review with the Partners and Stakeholders involved in the project

1:00 PM - 1:30PM : SSHRC Review with the AIRS Advisory Board

1:30PM - 2:30PM : SSHRC Review with the students at different levels from all units, research sites.

2:30PM - 2:45PM : SSHRC Review with the Project Director



1:15PM - 4:15 PM :AIRS Theme 2: Singing and Education - Teaching singing and using singing to teach. (MCD Hall)







1:15PM - 1:30 PM : Children's Informal Musicking

                                                 -Martha Gabriel, June Countryman, Kate Thompson, Melissa MacRae and Natalie Sullivan

1:30PM - 1:45PM :"People of the Cloud" in the Evergreen State

                                                - Meryl Sole and Lori Custodero

1:45PM - 2:00PM :How Singing is Learned by Brazilian Girls 5-11 years of Age

                                                - Daniella Gramani and Caroline Pacheco


Children's Songs Fieldwork Project: Bahian Children Sing their Favourite Tunes

                                                - Angelita Broock and Beatriz Ilari

Children's Songs Fieldwork Project: The Case of "Folia de Reis Estrela do Oriente" in Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, Brazil

                                                - Angelita Broock and Tiago Carvalho


2:00PM - 2:30PM : Book Project Planning- All AIRS Collaborators





2:30PM - 2:45PM :Formal Musicking in a Children's Choir: A Case Study

                                                - June Coutryman and Natalie Sullivan

2:45PM - 3:00PM :Children's Song: Contemporary vs. Historical Versions

                                                - Christopher Roberts

3:00PM - 3:15PM :The International Project on Cultural Understanding: An Overview

                                                -Lily Chen-Hafteck


3:15PM - 3:30PM :Nutrition Break





3:30PM - 3:45PM :The Verbotonal Method and the Music to Enhance French Phonetics

                                                - Sandra Cornaz, Lionel Grajon, Nathalie Henrich, Sonia Kandel, Christophe Savariaux and Nathalie Vallee


Can Singing Aid Language Acquisition in Post-Puberty Learners?

                                                - Henrietta Lempert, Rachel Williams, Assunta Ferrante and Natalie Kwok


3:45PM - 4:00PM :Discussion of Theme 2: Education







4:00PM - 4:15 PM :The Impact of a Culture-Bearer on the Inter-cultural Understanding of an Adult Community Choir

                                                - Benjamin Bolden and Larry O'Farrell

4:15PM - 4:30PM :Sustainable New Practices for an Endangered Species of Song

                                                - Rena Sharon, Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson, Gayle Shay and Laurel Fais


Children's Voices on Singing in an Elem Choral Music Program

                                                - Lisa Crawford and Lily Chen-Hafteck

Island Songs: A Global Repertoire

                                                - Godfrey Baldacchino

AIRS Multicultural Choir - Developing a Protocol and Handbook

                                                - Blair Ellis, Lusi Chen, Yuling CHen, Bing-Yi Pan & Annabel Cohen




4:30PM - 4:45 PM :I Ain't No Damn Singer! Exploring the Perceptions of Older Adults Involved in an Intergenerational Singing Program

                                                - Jennifer Hutchison, Carol Beynon, Rachel Heydon and Suan O'Neill




4:45PM - 5:00PM :Sing me to Sleep: Aboriginal Resilience and Music

                                                - Jean Emmerson and Jennifer Nicol

5:00PM - 5:15PM :Vocal Strengthening Group Treatment

                                                - Merrill Tanner

5:15PM - 5:30PM :A Novel Singing Therapy to Improve Communication of Facial and Vocal Emotion

                                                - Frank Russo and Steven Livingstone

5:30PM - 5:45PM :Buddy's Glee Club: Singing for Health and Wellness

                                                - Amy Clements-Cortes


Asthma in a Sample of Carleton University Students

                                                - Carina Daugherty and Mary Gick

Choir Singing as a Health Promoting Behaviour

                                                - Jennifer Nicol, Marya Stonehouse and Katie McCaw

Inclusive Choirs: Welcoming Youth with Disabilities

                                                - Marya Stonehouse and Jennifer Nicol

Singing and Health: A Research Initiative at the Centre for Arts in Human Development (CAHD) at Concordia University

                                                - Tiana Malone and Laurel Young


5:45PM - 6:00PM :Discussion of Theme 3: Singing and Well-Being



6:30PM - 7:45PM :Dinner (Byblos)


7:45PM - 9:30PM :Interactive Singing Workshops and Demonstrations

                           (Chair, Patricia Campbell)


7:45 PM :Ditty as a Didactic Tool for the Teaching of French Phonetics: Singing and Learning

                                                - Sandra Cornaz, Chrystele Chovelon and Nadia Jauneau-Cury

8:05 PM :Using Multimedia Technology to Teach North Indian Vocal Music

                                                - Utpola Borah

8:25 PM :From Learning to Performing: A Case Study of Indian Vocal Music

                                                - Hans Utter


8:40 PM :Dessert/Coffee


8:55 PM :Using Songs from Different Cultures for the Development of Voice

                                                - Alda de Jesus Oliveira

9:10 PM :Singing, Playing and Dancing: Brazilian Cultural Manifestations

                                                - Daniella Gramani

9:25 PM :Presentation (TBA)

                                                - Jiaxing Xie

9:40 PM :Teach Another Song from Brazil, China, Canada or Kenya and share some Research Highlights from the Singing and Cross-Cultural Understanding Project

                                                - Lily Chen-Hafteck and Songsters


Friday, August 24 - McDougall Hall (morning) & Confederation Centre of the Arts (afternoon)


7:30AM - 8:30AM :Breakfast

8:00AM - 9:30AM :Coffee/Juice




8:00AM - 9:30AM :AIRS Test Battery Singing Skills Workshop - All Welcome (Room 246)

                                                Jennifer Sullivan (Nova Scotia/Ontario), Helga Gudmundsdottir (Iceland/Montreal)

                                                Mike Forrester, Emma Borthwick-Hunter (UK), Beatriz Ilari (Brazil, USA)

                                                Annabel Cohen and Bing-Yi Pan (PEI)

*Reviewing each of the 11 components and finalizing the protocol

*3.1 Students from the Quad-Cultural Understanding Project are also encouraged to attend

*The first half hour will entail experiencing the automated AIRS Test Battery as a participant


9:30AM - 10:00AM :Analysis of Video

                                                Coralie Vincent (Laboratoire Structures Formelles du Langage; CNRS)

                                                Annotating audiovisual data with ELAN


10:00AM - 10:45AM :Digital Library Workshop (including nutrition break)

                                                 Mike Forrester, Jonathan Lane, Nyssim Lefford, Theresa Leonard, George Tzanetakis,

                                                 Coralie Vincent and Donald Moses


10:45AM - 11:00AM :Coffee Break


11:00AM - 12:00PM :Pitch Analysis Workshop

                                                 Steven Livingstone, Stephanie Stadler Elmer, Christine Tsang, Simone Della Bella and Bing-Yi Pan


12:00PM - 12:30PM :Audio Recording Do's and Don't`s

                                                 Coralie Vincent


12:45PM :Bus or Taxi to Downtown Charlottetown


1:00PM - 2:30PM :Lunch in outdoor Cafes on Victoria Row (Outdoor performance of AIRS Singers and Singer-Songwriters)


2:30PM - 4:30 PM :Confederation Centre for the Arts Events


2:30PM - 4:30PM :Vocal Master Class with Darryl Edwards


4:30AM - 5:30PM :The International Project of Understanding: A Progress Report

                                                 Lily Chen-Hafteck and the 3.1.1 Quad-Country Researchers


5:30PM - 5:45PM :Open Discussion- Resolutions and final comments


5:45PM - 5:55PM :Comments from the AIRS Advisory Board (Phillip Smith, Kate Stevens)


5:55PM - 6:00PM :Final Remarks-Annabel Cohen


6:30PM :Student and ECRP Finale at the Pourhouse


9:00PM :Desserts and get-together for all -72 Trafalgar St. (15 min walk to the UPEI Campus, between downtown and UPEI)


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