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Next SMPC Conference:

Society for Music Perception & Cognition 2015

The SMPC Board is pleased to announce that SMPC 2015 will be hosted at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Elizabeth Dykens has agreed to serve as conference chair, with Dr. Reyna Gordon serving as conference co-chair. More details will be forthcoming as the conference chairs make further arrangements.

The dates for the conference have now been confirmed as August 1-5, 2015, so factor that into your advance plans!

Upcoming Events:

Seventh International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus14) (September 18th-20th, 2014, London, UK)

The Music, Mind and Brain group at Goldsmiths, University of London is pleased to host SysMus14. SysMus is an annual conference organized by students for students. It provides graduate students opportunities to present their research as oral papers or posters and to meet and discuss their own research, while also enjoying keynote speeches by internationally renowned researchers.

SysMus14 will provide early career researchers a meeting place to communicate their research and exchange ideas and concerns, while also acting as a hub for fruitful discussions. It will serve as an intersection point for many different kinds of research and approaches related to the empirical study of music.

Systematic musicology is an umbrella term for a wide range of research on themes including, but not limited to, music perception and cognition, musical structure, music education, music therapy, music and emotion, music and language, acoustics and psychoacoustics, and computer music. Systematic musicology combines a mix of methodologies from the sciences and humanities, including empirical psychology, sociology, cognitive sciences and computing to neurosciences, acoustics and physiology.

 PhD and Masters level students are invited to submit an abstract (max 350 words) by May 1st, 2014 following the guidelines provided on the SysMus14 website at!sysmus-2014/cfmp. Abstracts will be subject to a double-blind peer-review by a Scientific Committee consisting of doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers representing different fields related to the study of systematic musicology. Decisions will be announced by June 20th. Talks will be 20 minutes long, followed by a 10-minute discussion; posters will be displayed throughout the conference and presented during a designated poster session.

Further information about the abstract format, important dates, registration, the venue, accommodation and travel is available online on the SysMus14 website. Any specific questions may be directed to the Organising Committee at sysmus14 <at>


Dr Amy Fancourt
Researcher, Psychology
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

Tel:  +44 (0)20 7078 4050
E-mail:  a.fancourt <at>

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LIVElab Grand opening, McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (September 27th, 2014, 1-4PM, McMaster, Hamilton, ON).

Followed by:
10th Annual NeuroMusic Conference
“Performance, Gesture and Social Interaction in Music”, Sunday September 28th, 2014,9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (conference info at:

Featured Speakers: Antonio Camurri, University of Genova; Marcelo Wanderley, McGill University; Michael Hove, Harvard Medical School

Poster Session submissions are now open. Please email an abstract (maximum 250 words) to Dr. Steven Brown ( stebro <at> on any topic related to perception, cognition or performance of music or dance. Early submission is encouraged and acceptance will be sent out as submissions are received. The deadline for abstract submissions is August 31st, 2014

Early Bird Registration: Registration before September 12th, 2014 is $80 ($50 for students) and includes breakfast, lunch and an invitation to attend the LIVELab Grand Opening.
Late Registration: Registration after September 12th, 2014 is $100 ($75 for students).
To register online now, see

Workshop registration details, talk abstracts, maps, dinner ideas, where to stay in Hamilton, and more will be available in the coming weeks. For details, visit or contact:
….Elaine Whiskin ( whiskin <at>
….Janice Shearer ( shearerj <at>

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CogMIR 2014 (October 4, 2014, Ryerson University, Toronto)
The fourth annual seminar on cognitively based music informatics research (CogMIR) will take place on October 4, 2014 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. In addition to invited keynote presentations by Carol Krumhansl (Cornell University) and Douglas Eck (Google Research), we are pleased to invite the submission of abstracts for spoken or poster presentations.

Abstracts submissions concerning research on the following topics are especially welcome:
-Computational modeling of music similarity
-Computational modeling of music emotion
-Cognitively based approaches to music information retrieval
-Cognitively based approaches to music analysis
-Cognitively based approaches to music generation
-Cognitively based approaches to music in hearing aids
-Music cognition with implications for music informatics

Abstracts of no longer than 200 words should describe the motivation, methodology, results and conclusions of research. Do not send abstracts as an attachment. Please type the abstract directly into the body of your email with a complete list of authors and their affiliations. Please indicate preference for poster or paper presentation.

Abstract submissions should be emailed to: cogmir2014 <at>

New Scholar Prizes:
Google Research has generously provided funds for this meeting that will enable us to support three prizes for new scholars (students/post docs). One prize, valued at $500, will be awarded for the best paper presentation. Two additional prizes, valued at $250 each, will be awarded for the best poster presentations.

Important Dates:
Deadline for abstract submission: July 31, 2014
Notification of acceptance: by August 15, 2014
Deadline for early registration: September 4, 2014
One-day Seminar: October 4, 2014, 9 am – 5 pm

Please feel free to send any questions about the Seminar to the Organizers: Naresh Vempala (nvempala <at> and Frank Russo (russ <at>
Frank Russo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology, Ryerson University
Director, SMART Lab

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The Musical Brain - Mozart and the Power of Music: Memory, Myth & Magic (24 October, 2014, London, UK)

Speakers to inlude Dr Jessica Grahn, Prof Jane Ginsborg, Stephen Johnson, Prof Nigel Osborne, Prof Michael Trimble and Dr Kirsteen Davidson-Kelly, with performances from Ian Brown, James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrok. Friday 24th October, 9.30 am - 8 pm Senate House, London

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13th Annual Auditory Perception, Cognition and Action Meeting (APCAM 2014) (20 November, 2014, Long Beach, CA)

APCAM is a one-day satellite meeting affiliated with the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society. The goal of APCAM is to bring together researchers from various theoretical perspectives to present focused research on auditory cognition, perception, and aurally guided action. APCAM is a unique meeting in its exclusive focus on the perceptual, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of audition. Another unique aspect of APCAM is that it recently has become a FREE EVENT FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

Submissions should include an abstract of 300 words or less, the title of the proposed presentation, names and institutional affiliation information for all contributing authors as they should appear in the conference program, as well as e-mail contact information for the primary/submitting author. Abstracts should be submitted online by following the Submit link on the APCAM website; this submission portal is expected to become active prior to the end of June. Authors also can communicate directly about submissions with the Chair of the Organizing Committee at hallmd <at>

Additionally, the Organizing Committee welcomes proposals representing either a cluster of 3-4 related abstracts or a possible (45- to 60-minute) panel discussion on a unified topic. Related abstracts can be submitted separately, along with a separate abstract (still 300 words or less) from the coordinating author.

The deadline for submission of abstracts and all program proposals is October 1. While this traditional deadline is very close to the conference date, all authors are expected to be notified about the status of their submission very rapidly after the submission deadline. Travel and reservation information can be located through the APCAM website (, which includes a link to details found on the Psychonomic Society site (

If you are interested in attending APCAM, but do not anticipate being a contributing author, then you can register simply by sending a brief e-mail that includes your name and affiliation to hallmd <at> Contributing authors will be registered automatically, but are asked to indicate at the time of submission which authors are expected to attend the meeting. We look forward to receiving your submissions, and to seeing you in Long Beach.

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9TH Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology, “Technology” (4-6 December 2014, Berlin)

Technology is the theme of the 2014 edition of CIM, which will be held at Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung (National Institute for Music Research), in Berlin, Germany.

Technology is omnipresent in our lives and it plays an important role in contemporary social development, particularly in the so-called Westernised world. The role of technology in our daily life is even more so remarkable with the increasing ubiquity of technology, specially computing technology, in various activities of our contemporary society, music being a notable example. Yet, there is no single universally accepted definition of "technology".

CIM14 will be aimed at all discourses on the interplay between technology and music, including collaborations between sciences and humanities, interactions between academic research and musical practice, and interdisciplinary combinations that are innovative, unusual, and creative.

Conference Sessions & Topics:

We are particularly interested in new emerging fields of technology in music research and practice, which could form a session on New Emerging Technologies, which might include: Music Neurotechnology, Neuromusicology & Neuro-inspired Music Theory, Evolutionary Computing in Music & Musicology, Computational Ethnomusicology and Unconventional Computing in Music. See CIM14's website for a more comprehensive list.

For further details please follow the link below or contact the conference
     Timour Klouche, Researcher, Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung (SIM, Berlin, Germany) ­ {Klouche <at>}
     Eduardo Reck Miranda, Professor and Head of Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research
(ICCMR, Plymouth University, UK) ­ {eduardo.miranda<at>}

Important Deadlines:
Abstract submission: 05 August 2014
Registration: 01 Oct 2014

Please see the online submission page for more information including important details about the submission format.

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The Improvising Brain II: Multiple Perspectives (March 8-10, 2015, Atlanta, GA)

The Improvising Brain II: Multiple Perspectives is a symposium and concert event designed to bring together researchers and musicians to explore musical improvisation and its related brain processes. A collaboration between Georgia State University Neuroscience Institute, School of Music, and Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the symposium will feature Peter Vuust and Guerino Mazzola. Dr. Vuust is one of the leading neuroscientists in the field of music perception and production as well as a prominent jazz bassist. Dr. Mazzola is a world renowned mathematician and jazz pianist and the founder of Mathematical Music Theory. He will be performing in duet with Swiss percussionist Heinz Geisser. The symposium theme is Multiple Perspectives as exemplified by the keynote speakers’ background in both science & performance and tonal & free improvisation.

Steering Committee: Andrew Goldman (University of Cambridge), Monika Herzig (Indiana University), Kimberly McCord (Illinois State University), Brian Wesolowski (University of Georgia), Iwan Wopereis (Open University of the Netherlands).

Keynote Speakers: Peter Vuust, Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark, and Associate Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Centre of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN), Aarhus University Hospital.
Guerino Mazzola, Professor at the School of Music, University of Minnesota and Department of Informatics, University of Zurich.

We seek related papers and posters describing completed or in-progress work from both faculty and graduate students. Paper presentations should be 20 minutes in length and include visual slides. Please submit an extended 350-word abstract including purpose, literature review, methodology, and findings (final or preliminary). Those interested in a poster presentation may submit a shorter 250-word abstract with the same, though abbreviated, information.

All proposals will be blind-reviewed by a panel of experts. Do not include the author(s)’s name or other identifying details in the proposal. Attach the proposal as a Word or PDF file to an email that includes the author(s)’s name, email address, home and work addresses, and academic affiliation. Send proposals to Martin Norgaard at mnorgaard <at> Submissions must be received no later than October 15, 2014, and notifications will be made by November 15, 2014. Accepted presenters will be invited to submit full papers to a follow-up special issue of Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain on improvisation to be published in September 2016.

For more information on the Improvising Brain Concert & Symposium, see

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International Conference on Multimodal Experiences of Music (ICMEM) (March 23-25, 2015, Sheffield, UK)

In live and virtual situations, music listening and performing are multimodal experiences: Sounds may be experienced tactically, music evokes visual images or is accompanied by visual presentations, and both generate vivid cross-modal associations in terms of force, size, physical location, fluency and regularity, among others.

ICMEM aims to bring together researchers from various disciplines who investigate the multimodality of musical experiences from different perspectives. Disciplines may include among others audiology, cognition, computer science, ethnomusicology, music performance and theory, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology.

Proposals are invited for papers, symposia, demonstrations and posters on investigations of the multimodal experience of music.

Further information:

Submission deadline: 6 October 2014 by e-mail to ICMEM <at>

This conference is supported by ESCOM and SEMPRE, who offer bursaries to student attendees.

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2nd International Conference on Music and Consciousness

Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, UK (April 14-17th, 2015).

Organised jointly by the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, and the University of Newcastle's International Centre for Music Studies.

There have been rapid multidisciplinary advances in scholarly understanding of musical experience over the last fifteen years or so. It is increasingly accepted that musical experiences are multi-faceted, fluctuating, and dynamic; complex composites of cognitive, perceptual, embodied and affective components. One response to the acknowledged phenomenological complexity of musical engagement has been a growing interest in the relationship between music and consciousness.

Following on from the success of the first International Conference on Music and Consciousness (Sheffield, 2006), and the edited volume Music and Consciousness to which this led, this second conference is again intended as a forum for the exchange of perspectives from a broad range of disciplines, including but not restricted to:  neuroscience, psychology, phenomenology, philosophy, sociology, musicology, performance studies, ethnomusicology, music therapy, evolutionary psychology, cognitive archaeology, and cultural history.

The conference will consist entirely of plenary sessions, enabling wide-ranging participation, with significant time set aside for discussion. It will include keynote presentations, papers, short communications, and musical performances.

The conference committee welcomes submissions addressing a broad range of themes, including but not limited to the following:

•       Music and Unconsciousness
•       Neural substrates of musical consciousness
•       Consciousness and musical performance
•       Music and trance, flow, absorption, dissociation, and altered states of consciousness (ASC).
•       Theorising musical consciousness - across disciplines, across cultures, across history
•       Consciousness and musical creativity
•       Modes of musical consciousness, modes of musical subjectivity
•       Music and collective consciousness

Proposals will be accepted on the basis of their relevance to the conference themes, significance, originality and rigour. Deadline for proposals is July 2014.

Past Events:

Milestones in Music Cognition: A Quarter-Century Celebration of Books by Bregman, Krumhansl and Narmour (July 7-8, 2014, Montreal, Canada)

In 1990, three major books were published that were to become transformative pillars in the field of music cognition research and beyond:
Albert Bregman's Auditory Scene Analysis: The Perceptual Organization of Sound, MIT Press.
Carol Lynne Krumhansl's The Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch, Oxford University Press, and
Eugene Narmour's The Analysis and Cognition of Basic Melodic Structures: The Implication-Realization Model. The University of Chicago Press.

In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of these influential tomes, a two-day symposium will be held at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal July 7-8, 2014. The symposium will be composed of opening and closing keynote addresses, three sessions with invited speakers reflecting upon the impact of the honorees' work on the fields of music psychology, music theory, cognitive neuroscience and engineering, and a contributed poster session.

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent and you need to click on the URL to confirm your registration to avoid problems.

A special issue of Music Perception to honor these three books will be organized by guest editors David Temperley, Alexander Rozin and Stephen McAdams, targeting the June 2015 issue. Manuscripts for this special issue should be submitted directly to the journal by October 1, 2014 (indicate in the cover letter that the submission is intended for the special issue). Speakers and poster presenters at the McGill symposium are encouraged to submit. All manuscripts will be reviewed through the normal procedure. The final versions of all submissions must be accepted by February 28, 2015 to be considered for inclusion in the special issue. Due to the limited page space for a single issue, papers that are deemed acceptable for publication in Music Perception but for which space is not available will appear in subsequent issues of
the journal.

The full program for the symposium is now online:
Please note that early registration closes April 30th, 2014:

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Summer school: Pitch, Music, and Associated Pathologies ( July 9-11, 2014, Lyon, France)

This summer school is organized jointly by CeLyA and the GDR GRAEC. CeLyA ( ) is a « laboratoire d'excellence » (LabEx) which is a virtual lab gathering the research teams working on acoustics and hearing in the Lyon area, funded by the "Investissement d'avenir" program of the French Ministry of Research. One of CeLyA's objective is the dissemination of knowledge in all disciplines of acoustics and hearing sciences. The GDR CNRS GRAEC (Groupement de Recherche en Audiologie Experimentale et Clinique) is a network which regroups french national research teams, ETN departments of Hospital and the participation of industrial partners (cochlear implants and hearing aids).

The public for this summer school will be students and young researchers with various backgrounds in hearing sciences. As the summer school will be entirely in English, we expect international participations. We are hoping for a lot of fruitful exchanges between the participants and the speakers, with a didactical format for the presentations and enough time for discussion. The scientific sessions and a preliminary list of invited speakers is detailed below. We also encourage all participants to bring a poster as a vector for informal discussions about their work.

There are no registration costs. Lunches, coffee breaks and all socials will be offered to all participants during the duration of the summer school. To enhance interaction between participants and invited speakers, the available places will be strictly limited and the participants should go through a application process by sending an email (with object: [SummerSchool]) to the organizing committee [SummerSchool (at)] attached with a motivation letter and a brief CV (no more than two pages altogether).
The deadline to apply is 30th April 2014.

We recommend all participants to stay at the Valpré conference center ( ) where the summer school will take place. Rooms will be automatically booked when registering, unless specifically stated otherwise by the applicant, but will remains, if selected, at the applicant's charge (75€/night single room or 98€/night twin room).

Further scientific details will come soon in a second call and on the dedicated website, but we already welcome registrations.
We hope to see you in Lyon in July,

The organizing committee : Pascal Barone, Anne Caclin, Nicolas Grimault

Preliminary scientific program:
Session 1: pitch and associated pathologies

Daniel Pressnitzer, Dept. Etude Cognitives, ENS, Paris, France
Monitta Chatterjee, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, USA
Olivier Macherey, LMA, Marseille, France
Christophe Micheyl, Starkey, San Francisco, USA
Dan Gnansia, Neurelec, Paris, France
Chris James, Cochlear, Toulouse, France.

Session 2: Music and associated pathologies

Bénédicte Poulin-Charonnat, LEAD, Dijon, France
Marion Cousineau, BRAMS, Montreal, Canada
Barbara Tillmann, CRNL, Lyon, France
Elvira Brattico, Cogn. Brain Res. Unit, Helsinki, Finland
Mathieu Marx, National Research Hospital (CHU), Toulouse, France.

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ICMPC13-APSCOM5 (August 4-8th, 2014, Seoul, South Korea)

The International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition returns to the Asia-Pacific area. The meeting of 2014 is the third joint conference of ICMPC and APSCOM. The meeting will be co-hosted by Yonsei University, the Korean Society for Music Theory (KSMT), and Korean Society for Music Perception and Cognition (KSMPC). Professor Moo Kyoung Song at Yonsei University will be the chair of the conference.

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Music Medicine through the Lifespan: 3rd International Conference of IAMM (June 24-27, 2014, Toronto, Canada)

The 3rd International Conference of the International Association for Music & Medicine is promising to be an outstanding event with an unprecedented line-up of Keynotes and Plenaries. On the theme of Music Medicine through the Lifespan, three keynote addresses, looking at childhood, adulthood, and the later years, will be presented by Dr. Laurel Trainor, Director of the McMaster Institute for Music and Mind, Dr Julian Thayer, Ohio Eminent Scholar Professor in Health Psychology, Ohio State University, and Dr. Alicia Ann Clair, Professor and Director of Music Education and Music Therapy at the University of Kansas. Dr. Clair is also a Research Associate in Gerontology at KU.  In addition there will be three neuroscience plenaries featuring MaHRC associates and four hospital research associates featuring music research being conducted at Toronto hospitals.  A special feature is the talk at the conference dinner by internationally celebrated neuroscience writer and MaHRC associate, Dr. Norman Doidge. In addition 37 research papers plus a group of posters and 3 workshops.

Early Bird Deadline: April 15.

For conference information and registration, please see

For more information contact: Dr. Lee Bartel, lbartel<at>

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Midwest Music Information Retrieval (MMIRG) (June 14, 2014, Chicago, IL)

The Midwest Music Information Retrieval Gathering is a one-day get together of music information and music audio processing researchers, held at Northwestern University just outside of Chicago in Evanston, IL. This will be a chance for research groups from the Midwest to meet and present research in a more relaxed and more affordable setting than is typical at IEEE and ACM-style conferences. Registration is free. Opportunities to present research as posters/talks/demos are available to registered participants. Parking and lunch will be provided free of charge for all presenters and attendees up a maximum of 50 registered attendees. Limited travel assistance funding will be available for long distance presenters in financial need.

We held the first MMIRG in 2011. It was a great way to meet other researchers in the region and share ideas (and also a great excuse for many to come to Chicago for the weekend...). We are looking forward to seeing old and new faces here in Evanston on June 14.

To register and for more information go to:

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The University of Helsinki Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU) and CICERO Learning are organizing a symposium on the recent findings on neuroscience and neural plasticity of language and music this coming June.

The topics include music and language learning in different ages; bilingualism; music emotions in the brain; music in neurological rehabilitation; structural, functional, and genetic evidence on musical expertise; genetic background of dyslexia; language deficits and their amelioration with interventions.

The keynote speakers of the event include Professor Kenneth Hugdahl (University of Bergen, Norway), Professor Juha Kere (Karolinska Institutet), Professor Yury Shtyrov (University of Århus), Professor Fredrik Ullén (Karolinska Institutet), Professor Josef Rauschecker (Georgetown University) and Professor Peter Vuust (University of Århus).

In addition to keynote talks, invited speakers and discussions, the symposium will include a poster session. The Call for Posters is currently open, the deadline is on Tuesday 15 April 2014.
For more information:

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Colloquium, “Improvisation and the Politics of Everyday Sounds: Cornelius Cardew and Beyond” (June 10-12, 2014; Montréal, Canada)

The Colloquium “Improvisation and the Politics of Everyday Sounds: Cornelius Cardew and Beyond” takes the work of British composer Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981) as a point of departure for a reflection on the aesthetic, ethical, and political entailments of forms of art and activism that engage with improvisatory creative practices. In his work with groups such as the Scratch Orchestra and AMM, Cornelius Cardew explored modes of music making that emphasized social and aesthetic notions of freedom and gave pride of place to improvisatory, intermedial, and experimental poietic procedures, among them the use of chance, the recourse to everyday sounds, the exploration of unconventional music notation techniques, the incorporation of non-trained performers to music making processes, and the interplay of different forms of aesthetic perception and representation.

What aspects of the creative process did these procedures call attention to, and how did they attempt to unsettle naturalized forms of aesthesis? To what extent did such practices contribute to the reconfiguration of established modes of music making, and in what ways did they probe the boundaries between distinct aesthetic realms and social formations (e.g. between high art and mass culture, between music and grassroots activism)? What political commitments and concerns underpinned these improvisatory, intermedial modes of poiesis, and what forms of freedom did they actualize? In what ways are these poietic procedures (and their attendant iterations of freedom) in dialogue with the improvisatory forms of art and activism rehearsed in other geographical, cultural, and historical contexts? This colloquium aims to bring together artists, activists, and scholars to explore these and other related lines of inquiry.

 We welcome proposals, in English or French, for papers, roundtables, workshops, and artist/activist interventions. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, accompanied by a brief biographical statement (maximum 250 words), should be submitted to Eric Lewis <eric.lewis <at>> and Illa Carrillo Rodríguez <illacarrillo2 <at>> by March 30, 2014.

Proposals for roundtables, workshops, and artist/activist interventions should include the following information: 1) format and duration of the proposed event; 2) details about the materials and technical support required for the event; and 3) biographical statements of all event participants. Selected applicants will be notified by the end of March.

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Neuroscience and Music V – Cognitive Stimulation and Rehabilitation (29 May – 1 June, 2014; Dijon, France)

The Mariani Foundation for Paediatric Neurology announces The Neurosciences and Music - V: Cognitive Stimulation and Rehabilitation - in partnership with Université de Bourgogne, Municipality of Dijon and Université de Lyon, - in cooperation with EBRAMUS "Initial Training Network" funded by the 7th European Framework / Marie Curie Action.

The central theme of "The Neurosciences and Music - V" will be Cognitive Stimulation and Rehabilitation. The programme will include Keynote Lectures, Symposia, Poster Sessions and Pre-conference Workshops, to be held in the afternoon of 29 May. The meeting will be of interest to neuroscientists, psychologists and students and also to clinical neurologists, clinical psychologists, therapists, music performers and educators as well as musicologists.


Selected Topics in Sensorimotor Integration: CRBLM Symposium on Language and Music(May 2, 2014, Montreal, Canada)

On Friday, May 2, CRBLM will host a one-day symposium, our second annual meeting, to explore the overlap and divergence between language and music in sensorimotor integration. A substantial amount of work in speech demonstrates a close functional relationship between neural systems responsible for motor control and those responsible for sensory processing. A remarkable parallel exists in music performance, where there is good evidence for similar functional relationships between motor execution and perception. In 2014, the Montreal-based annual meeting focus on comparative perspectives on language and music as a means to enhance our understanding of these highly developed neurobiological, social and communicative behaviours.

The Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM), invites all faculty, student members and postdoctoral researchers to submit a proposal for a poster. Work that has already been presented at national or international conferences is welcomed. Student presenters will be eligible for a $250 prize for best conference poster (student must be first author).

To submit your abstract, please complete the web form at

Conference Date: Friday, May 2nd
Conference Location: Montreal Neurological Institute
Poster Submission deadline: Thursday, April 24th, 2014


Music, Mind and Meaning (January 30-31, Baltimore, MD) The Music, Mind, Meaning Conference will bring together scientists from the field of music cognition  and renowned musicians for a two-day event to explore the relationships between music and science at the Peabody Institute of Music. The events will include presentations from leading scientists and a special musical performance by the Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and tenor saxophonist Gary Thomas, Chair of Jazz Studies at Peabody. Keynote speakers will be Drs. David Huron, Aniruddh Patel, and Isabelle Peretz, three remarkable scientists who have led groundbreaking studies of how and why people have engaged in musical behaviors throughout human history. Conference participants will include scientists, clinicians, musicians, students and interested members of the public. Presentations will explore the idea of musical meaning by examining issues of expectation, creativity, evolution, culture, language, emotion and memory from the viewpoint of cognitive psychology, musicology and auditory neuroscience. The conference is generously supported by a conference grant from the Brain Sciences Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For more information visit

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2013 NEUROMUSIC CONFERENCE: "Modeling the Musical Experience" (November 23, 2013; McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario) Perceiving and producing music involves complex processing. In the 2013 NeuroMusic Conference, three invited speakers will explore different aspects of modeling the musical experience. Dr. Edward Large will discuss how basic frequency, pitch and timing information is encoded in the nervous system. Dr. Stephen McAdams will discuss the complexities of multiple musical lines and orchestration, and Dr. Peter Keller will present models of how musicians interact when engaged in the complex task of making music together.


"Neurodynamics of Music Perception" Dr. Edward Large, Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University 

"Toward a Psychological Foundation for a Theory of Orchestration" Dr. Stephen McAdams, Schulich School of Music, McGill University 

"Interpersonal Coordination in Musical Ensembles: Psychological Processes and Brain Mechanisms" Dr. Peter Keller, The MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney 


"A Mind for Singing" Dr. Peter Pfordresher, Department of Psychology, University at Buffalo 

Leslie Fagan, Soprano Assisted by: Larisa Gulenco, Piano McMaster University Chamber Choir, Rachel Rensink-Hoff, Director Dr. Andrea Halpern, Soprano 

Visit for more details.

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Australian Music and Psychology Society Conference: Music, Mind and Health (November 27-30th, 2013; Melbourne) Featuring a blend of cutting edge scientific research with music practice, the inaugural Australian Music and Psychology (AMPS) conference, co-hosted by Music, Mind and Wellbeing (MMW), will explore the benefits of music for everyone. Abstracts and early bird registrations due: July 15th 2013

 The content includes: A pre-conference Symposium on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music and Wellbeing. Sessions on the following themes:Music and Brain, Music and Community, Redefining Music Excellence, Music and Health

For more information about this important event and our program, please visit the conference website

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APCAM 2013 (November 14th, 2013; Toronto, Canada) The 12th Annual Auditory Perception, Cognition and Action Meeting (APCAM 2013) will be held on Thursday, November 14 (at the Sheraton Centre Hotel) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. APCAM is a one-day satellite meeting affiliated with the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society. The goal of APCAM is to bring together researchers from various theoretical perspectives to present focused research on auditory cognition, perception, and aurally guided action. APCAM is a unique meeting in its exclusive focus on the
perceptual, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of audition. Another unique aspect of APCAM is that it recently has become a FREE EVENT FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

The deadline for submission of abstracts and all program proposals is October 1. While this traditional deadline is very close to the conference date, all authors are expected to be notified about the status of their submission very rapidly after the submission deadline. Travel and reservation information can be located through the APCAM website (, which includes a link to details found on the Psychonomic Society site (

If you are interested in attending APCAM, but do not anticipate being a contributing author, then you can register simply by sending a brief e-mail that includes your name and
affiliation to hallmd <at> Contributing authors will be registered automatically, but are asked to indicate at the time of submission which authors are expected to attend the meeting. We look forward to receiving your submissions, and to seeing you in Toronto.

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CMMR 2013 – “Sound, Music & Motion” (October 15 th-18th 2013; Marseille, France).
CMMR2013 is organized by the CNRS - Laboratoire de Mécanique et d’Acoustique (LMA) and Ubris Studio in partnership with the Institut des Sciences du Mouvement (ISM), Laboratoire d'Analyse, Topologie, Probabilités (LATP), ASTRAM, the research lab associated to the Sciences, Arts et Techniques de l'Image et du Son (SATIS) department, and n+n corsino.

Contributions in all the topics covered by CMMR are welcome but contributions related to the conference theme “Sound, Music and Motion” will be strongly encouraged this year. The notion of motion is important in any field related to sound and music, since it can be studied from different standpoints spanning from physics to perceptual and cognitive considerations, and from scientific to artistic approaches.

Procedures to submit papers is detailed in the Author instruction & Submission section on the CMMR 2013 website. Paper submission deadline: June 15th 2013

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Music Care Conference and Music Medicine Research Symposia (November 8-10; Toronto, Canada)

1. Music and Neurological Rehabilitation Research Symposium
    November 8, 2013  1:00 – 5:00 pm
   Tanz Neuroscience Building, University of Toronto

2. Music Care Conference:
    November 9, 2013 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Walter Hall, Faculty of Music

3. Music Medicine and Quality of Life Research Symposium
    November 10, 2013, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Walter Hall, Faculty of Music

4. Music Medicine and Pain Research Symposium
    November 10, 2013, 1:30 – 5:00 pm
    Walter Hall, Faculty of Music

Music Care Conference: A day of practical workshops, presentations, and performances intended for applied care givers – doctors, nurses, social workers, long-term care professionals, religious workers, music therapists, family members, etc.

Music Medicine Research Symposia: These symposia will review the “state of the art” in research in each field, present current research studies underway, and each end with a discussion moderated by noted Toronto rehab cardiologist Dr. David Alter focusing on future directions in music medicine research.
Featured presentations from Russell Hilliard, Chicago; Vera Brandes, Austria; Jaakko Erkkilä, Finland, Ralph Spintge, Germany, and Joanne Loewy, New York.
Research reports will include and number of MaHRC scholars.

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Music, Mind, and Medicine: Creativity and Consciousness in Clinical Care (October 9-10, 2013, Kalamazoo, MI) A two-day event that will present and examine the current state of scientific, artistic, and clinical thinking around the use of music in therapy, medicine, and education. Interested professionals will include music therapists, neuroscientists, physicians psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, educators, social workers, and musicians. Students are also highly encouraged to attend at a substantially discounted rate.

The primary objectives of the conference:
The presentation of the most contemporary thinking and "cutting edge" research related to the neuroscience of music and its relationship to therapy, medicine, and
human development
Emphasize the unique social and emotional characteristics of improvisation and its connection to creativity and consciousness
Development of the most important questions and methods to pursue for future research, clinical practice, brain development, and expansion of artistic expression.

All conference information is available, here:

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14th Rhythm perception and production workshop (RPPW) (September 11-13, 2013; Birmingham UK) Focusing on short interval timing (often with a periodic repetitive component) with applications including speech, music, dance, and, of course, finger tapping. There is also an optional day on methods on 10 September.

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EBRAMUS - Europe, BRAin and MUSic (September 20-22nd, 2013, University of Pavia, Italy)
The Pierfranco and Luisa Mariani Foundation for Paediatric Neurology, who has been responsible for the established series „The Neurosciences and Music since 2002 in collaboration with major institutions in the
field, jointly with the EBRAMUS Network, is now promoting the conference "New perspectives for stimulating cognitive and sensory processes" as conclusion to a multi-annual international project funded by the European Union on the development of research in the field of Neurosciences and Music: EBRAMUS - Europe, BRAin and MUSic (

PROGRAM PREVIEW: 3 main themes: Learning and Memory, Language, Movement. Keynote Lectures, Poster Sessions, Workshop and Demonstrations of interventions.

Details are published on

Additional information is available at or by e-mail from neuromusic <at>

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MML 2013: 6th International Workshop on Machine Learning and Music: (September 23, 2013, Prague, Czech Republic) Held in Conjunction with the European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML/PKDD 2013). MML13 authors are invited to submit an extended version of their MML contributions for publication in the Music and Machine Learning Special Issue of the Journal of New Music Research - submission deadline July 1 2013. For more information visit:

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Sixth International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (September 12-14th, 2013, Genoa, Italy) CasaPaganini-InfoMus Research Center (DIBRIS-University of Genoa, Italy) is pleased to host the Sixth International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus13). Organized by graduate students, the SysMus conference series allows young researchers in the field of systematic musicology at the master's and doctoral levels to present their work in the form of papers, poster sessions and online publications. SysMus13 also provides participants with the opportunity to enjoy two keynotes given by internationally renowned specialists, Professors Peter Keller (University of Western Sydney) and Frank Pollick (University of Glasgow), and to meet colleagues from around the world.

Please visit the website of the SysMus conference series for more information on the scope, methods and aims of systematic musicology:

Further information about the abstract submission process and SysMus13 is available online at the conference website:

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International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS) (August 28-31, 2013; Vienna, Austria)
The ISPS 2013 theme, Performing Together, is intended to encourage discussion and debate on collaborative performing activities of all types and between various constituents. Specific research topics, fields of study, and methodological approaches have been left open intentionally to encourage interdisciplinary exchange. Submissions detailing original research are invited from across the performing arts and other performance disciplines, as well as the natural, social, and applied sciences. 
The Keynote Speakers are: Tecumseh Fitch (University of Vienna, Austria), Peter Keller (University of Western Sydney, Australia), Emma Redding (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, UK), and Alan Wing (University of Birmingham, UK).
Submissions are invited for spoken papers, poster presentations, symposia and workshops. Detailed instructions for submissions are available via the conference website: Submissions should be made electronically to cps at The deadline is: 30 November 2012
For further information about the venue, submissions, graduate award, and registration, visit the conference

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CogMIR 2013 (August 7, 2013; Ryerson University, Toronto) The third annual seminar on cognitively based music informatics research (CogMIR) will take place as a satellite meeting of SMPC 2013 on August 7, 2013 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. In addition to invited keynote presentations by David Temperley (Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester) and Marcus Pearce (Queen Mary, University of London), we are pleased to invite the submission of abstracts for spoken or poster presentations. Deadline for abstract submission: April 30, 2013.

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Stockholm Music Acoustics Conference 2013 (SMAC) (30 July - 3 August, 2013; Stockholm, Sweden) Presented jointly with the Sound and Music Computing Conference 2013 (SMC). The deadline for music and paper submissions has been EXTENDED to April 7th, 24:00 CET.

Please visit for more details!

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Embodied Music Cognition Conference (July 23-24th, 2013, Edinburgh, Scotland) The purpose of this conference is to stake out the possibilities of a distinct research field for embodied music cognition. Over the past few decades, developments in cognitive science – especially the 4E paradigms of understanding cognition as an embodied, enactive, extended, and embedded process - have slowly but surely reshaped our understanding of the relationship between the brain, body, and world. While these movements have developed concurrently with experimental and theoretical work on "embodied" human activities, such as various forms of artistic practices and sensorimotor tasks, they must also be understood in a broader context. For instance, important historical and contemporary roots of embodiment research include philosophical traditions such as phenomenology and pragmatism, psychological traditions such as psychoanalysis and ecological psychology, and a move away from "music in itself" towards the conditions in which we listen to music in musicological studies. For more information:

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Hacking Audio and Music Research (HAMR) 2013 (June 28 - 30th, 2013; Columbia University
New York, NY) Researchers are invited to participate in HAMR 2013, an upcoming hackathon focusing on the development of new techniques for analyzing, processing, and synthesizing audio and music signals.  HAMR will be modeled after a traditional hack day in that it will involve a weekend of fast-paced work with an emphasis on trying something new rather than finishing something polished.  However, this event will deviate from the typical hack day in its focus on research (rather than commercial) applications.  Individuals and groups are invited to spend a concentrated 48 hours working on novel research in any of the following areas:

* Music informatics
* Audio, speech and music signal processing
* Machine listening
* Environmental sound analysis
* Computer music
* Computational auditory perception/cognition

In addition to HAMRing out work, the event will include presentations, discussions, and informal workshops.  Registration is free and researchers from any stage in their career are encouraged
to participate.  Those interested in proposing a research project should submit a short abstract using this form by May 19th, 2013.  All other individuals who would like to attend should fill out this form.  Further details can be found on the HAMR 2013 website.  Updates will be announced on the hamr-discuss Google group.

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Worlds in Collision: Music and the Trauma of War (June 28-29, 2013, London. UK)

This two-day conference brings together musicians, music therapists, arts practitioners, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, historians and soldiers. What is the relationship between art and war? What have been the responses of artists to post-traumatic stress disorder? Is human creativity itself therapeutic?

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Methods in Empirical Music Research: A Workshop for Music Scholars (May 20-23rd, 2013; School of Music, Ohio State University) We are pleased to announce a workshop on empirical methods in music research.  This is an intensive four-day workshop taught by Prof. David Huron. The workshop will be of interest to anyone wishing to develop or enhance their research skills in music.  Participants will learn how to design and carry out music experiments, and how to apply empirical, systematic and statistical techniques to problems in music history, analysis, performance, culture, and other topics.  The workshop is designed specifically to develop practical research skills for musicians and music scholars with little or no previous background in empirical methods.
The workshop will be held immediately prior to the Mid-west Music Cognition Symposium, (Friday May 24 to Sunday May 26).

For details, visit the web site:

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4th CNM SYMPOSIUM 2013: “Advances In Neurologic Music Therapy Research” (May 28, 2013; London, UK) The 4th International Congress of the Society for Clinical Neuromusicology in partnership with the European Stroke Conference: visit to register and for more information.

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Listen Up! Investigating the Intersections of Sound and Technology (May 31- June 2, 2013; University of Oregon) Psychologists suggest that listening, be it passive or active, is central to communication, healthy aging, prevention and treatment of disease, and psychological well-being. Neuroscientists have built onto this body of knowledge, providing evidence about the neural mechanisms underlying sound in relation to social functioning, cognition, and emotion. However, these fields have
only begun to explore questions about cross-cultural differences and atypical functioning. Listen Up! will bring together scholars across the sciences and humanities to discuss research on the
topics of listening and technology.

The symposium will consist of invited keynote lectures, seminars, and papers sessions by leading scholars in the fields of psychology, science and technology studies (STS), and the
humanities. Dr. Sandra Trehub and Dr. Mara Mills will present keynote lectures on their work in psychology and ability-technology studies, with follow-up discussions planned throughout the

Devoted to the dissemination of new, unpublished research and knowledge, the symposium will bring together leading scholars in the sciences and humanities to discuss political, cultural,
and historical issues central to this topic. Papers are invited that report empirical and theoretical research addressing these topics and expanding our knowledge of these intersecting fields.
Researchers interested in presenting a paper should email a 500-word abstract by Friday April 19, 2013 detailing 1) the main findings or argument of their papers, and 2) their potential to
contribute to broad conversations in the sciences and humanities around sound and technology to Jenny Mendoza, jmendoz4 at Please visit the symposium website for more

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The Improvising Brain Concert & Symposium (April 7-9, 2013; Atlanta, GA)
"The Improvising Brain" is a symposium and concert event that will bring together faculty researchers, graduate students, and musicians to explore music, improvisation, and related brain processes. A collaborative effort between Georgia State University Neuroscience Institute and School of
Music, the concert and symposium will feature Robert Zatorre, one of the leading neuroscientists in the field of music perception and production, and Christian Howes, an up-and-coming jazz violinist representing the improvising performer. The symposium will explore questions related to music perception, production, and the underlying cognitive processes. We seek related papers and posters describing completed or in-progress work from both faculty and graduate students. Submissions from faculty and graduate students must be received by October 15, 2012, and notifications will be made by November 1, 2012. The symposium will feature a research mentor session in which Dr. Zatorre and others will review ideas for research related to music cognition and improvisation.
Junior researchers may submit proposed research for this panel to discuss by March 1, 2013.

Further information:

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Music & Science Symposium: Practice & Convergence (April 12, 2013; Boston, MA) -

You are invited to a FREE collaborative conference sponsored by Berklee College of Music's Music Therapy department that is celebrating the intersection of music and science. Conference participants will be encouraged to tweet their thoughts throughout the day. And you can join the growing number of online pre-conference participants in the conference who are already adding article reviews, reflections and readings at

Keynote Address by: Dr. Aniruddh Patel, author of Music, Language & the Brain
Other speakers include:
Dr. Concetta Tomaino, Director, Institute for Music & Neurologic Function
Dr. Psyche Loui, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Lisa Wong, Author of Scales to Scalpels
Dr. Richard Boulanger, Author of CSound

We will be streaming the event live, so you can invite people from all over the world to watch, listen, and tweet their questions and comments.
Can't make it to the symposium? Watch it live on Concert Window (

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Music and Brain Symposium: Hearing Voices (April 13th, 2013) The symposium will bring together some of the most exciting researchers, scholars, and writers in the field to examine the phenomena of auditory hallucinations. The Symposium will take place at Stanford's Center for  Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), with a performance of  'Visitations', two chamber operas on the topic of
hallucinations, on the evening of  April 12th and repeated on the evening of April 13th.

Information and registration for the symposium is available at:

For information about the opera, visit:

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Northeast Music Cognition Group (NEMCOG) (April 27th, 2013; New York, NY) The goal of the group is to facilitate interaction among researchers at institutions along the Northeast Corridor who are interested in the area of music cognition, to discuss research in the field, and to identify topics of joint interest and areas for potential collaboration. You are optionally invited to give a very short (8 minute) and semi-formal presentation of your work, aimed at a fairly general audience that will include people with established research programs in areas outside your specialty, as well as students and other newcomers to the field. The goal is simply to give a broadly contextualized sense of the questions you're asking, not a detailed picture of your answers. At our previous meetings, we have found the 8-minute format to be expedient, exhilarating, and successful for both presenters and audience members!

We hope to make slots for eight-minute talks available to all, but in an effort to make room for speakers who have not spoken at NEMCOG previously, we may have to turn down some requests for slots at
this meeting. If you would like to do a presentation, please indicate so in your RSVP with a tentative title and, optionally, a short abstract or bio. This information will be shared with our attendees and
posted on our web site.
If you would like to attend the upcoming NEMCOG meeting, please RSVP to nemcog1 <at> by Friday, April 5.

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Symposium on Music and Language: I. Development (May 3-4, 2013; Montreal, Canada)
The symposium will be our first annual meeting on the comparison between music and language. This comparison is the core interest of our newly formed consortium of researchers working in the area of language and music in Quebec ( In line with the interdisciplinary seminars and workshops organized by Ian Cross and colleagues in the UK during 2010-2011 and dedicated to the relationship between language and music, these Montreal-based annual meetings aim to push the boundaries beyond the traditional partition of language and music. In 2013, we aim to explore overlap and divergence between language and music in development. While research has been conducted into the development of musical abilities in children, or music perception in infants, the question of the relationship between language development and aspects of musicality has not been (much) investigated. In the symposium, we aim to identify specific research questions, which could lead to empirical investigation.

Confirmed speakers include: Nina Kraus (Northwestern University), Jenny Saffran (University of Wisconsin), Laurel Trainor (McMaster University), David Poeppel (New York University), Ani Patel (Tufts University), Linda Polka (McGill University), Sandra Trehub (University of Toronto and University of Montreal), Fred Genessee (McGill University), Lucie Ménard (University of Quebec at Montreal)

Round table on sensitive periods: Chair: Virginia Penhune; Participants: Etienne de Villers, Denise Klein, Laurel Trainor, Jenny Saffran

Registration is now open:

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Neural Dynamics in the Perception of Musical Structure (March 21st, London, UK) The workshop will provide a forum for dissemination and discussion of cutting edge research on dynamic predictive processing of musical structure in: probabilistic and information-theoretic models; cognitive, psychological and neural processing; musicological analysis. For further details on the project see:

Speakers will include: Prof. Moshe Bar, Harvard Medical School, Prof. David Feldman, College of the Atlantic, Maine, Prof. Israel Nelkin, Hebrew University, Jerusalem in addition to members of the IDyOM team. Attendance is free but places must be booked in advance.

For more information and to reserve a place please visit:


Perspectives on Music Therapy and Autism (February 12, 2013, 9:00am-3:30pm; Boston, MA)
Free One-Day Symposium at the Berklee College of Music, David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St., Boston MA.
Adult family member, allies, and professionals of individuals with autism are invited to attend this free one day symposium on music therapy and autism.  Local and international music therapists and researchers will share perspectives on how music therapy plays a role in the lives of individuals
with autism.   Key speakers will include Dr. Pamela Heaton, PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London; Dr. Catherine Wan, PhD from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; and Dr. Krystal Demaine, PhD, MT-BC from Lesley University. The day will include lunch, roundtable discussions, and a concert by the Boston Higashi School Jazz Band. The New England Chapter of Autism Speaks and the Music Therapy Department at Berklee College of Music sponsor this free event.

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Musicians: Born or made? Scientific workshop on Music and Talent (Jan 19, 2013 - Montreal, Canada)
The role of natural endowment and hard work in musical performance is one of the oldest and most contentious issue in both science and society. Up to the 20th century, innate talent was associated to musicianship. Over the last century, the prevalent view has been that intensive practice is key. The goal of this workshop is to examine whether music practice can account for individual differences in musical abilities or if we should also acknowledge the importance of innate predispositions.

REGISTRATION: The workshop is open to the academic community. Registration is mandatory. Click here to register online.

CONCERT-CONFERENCE: The workshop is to be followed by a free concert-conference to be held at Salle Claude Champagne, Université de Montréal, with piano performance by young virtuoso Tiffany Poon and lectures by Gary McPherson (University of Melbourne) and Danick Trottier (Université de Montréal). The concert-conference will start at 4pm, Salle Claude Champagne, Université de Montréal. It is free and open to all. No registration required.

For further details about the workshop:

For further details about the concert-conference:

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McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind NeuroMusic Conference (October 13, 2012; Hamilton, Canada) – The theme of this year’s McMaster NeuroMusic Conference is dance, and will take place at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. This full-day event consists of two parts. The Scientific Symposium will feature presentations by Dr. Emily Cross (Bangor University, UK), Dr. Gammon Earhart (Washington University), and Dr. Jessica Phillips-Silver (University of Montreal) presenting their knowledge about the psychology of neuroscience and dance, with applications to the clinical treatment of movement disorders.  We are pleased to invite the submission of abstracts for poster presentations. Deadline for abstract submission: September 15, 2012.  The evening Keynote Concert will be presented by Dr. Michael Schutz (McMaster University), interleaved with musical performances by the renowned percussion ensemble TorQ to illustrate concepts from the lecture. More information can be found at

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Auditory Perception, Cognition and Action Meeting (APCAM) 2012(November 15, 2012; Minneapolis, MN)

The 11th Annual Auditory Perception, Cognition and Action Meeting (APCAM 2012) will be held on Thursday, November 15 (at the Hilton Minneapolis Hotel) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. APCAM is a one-day satellite meeting affiliated with the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society. The goal of APCAM is to bring together basic and applied researchers from various theoretical perspectives to present focused research on auditory cognition, perception, and aurally guided action. APCAM is a unique meeting in its exclusive focus on the perceptual, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of audition. APCAM has regularly featured, and continues to welcome, contributions from SMPC members. Another unique aspect of this year’s meeting is that it will be a FREE EVENT FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

Specifics about registration and online abstract submission processes, including a more detailed call for papers, as well as links to travel information, can be found on the APCAM website (

Questions about APCAM 2012 should be directed to Michael Hall, Chair of the Organizing Committee, at

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Northeast Music Cognition Group (NEMCOG); (November 17th, 2012; Boston MA)

The 7th semiannual meeting of the Northeast Music Cognition Group (NEMCOG) will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Boston University. The goal of this group is to facilitate interaction among researchers at institutions along the Northeast Corridor who are interested in the area of music cognition, to discuss research in the field in an informal setting, and to identify topics of joint interest and areas for potential collaboration. The keynote speaker will be Aniruddh Patel. 

To register for the event, please RSVP to the NEMCOG organizers at nemcog1 at by Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Breakfast, coffee breaks, and a simple catered lunch will be provided.

 We invite submissions of very short (8-minute) presentations of your work, for an interdisciplinary audience. If you would like to present, please send your name, institution, and title and brief abstract of your talk to by Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Due to space constraints we may be unable to accommodate all submissions, but submissions from first-time NEMCOG speakers are highly encouraged.


CogMIR 2012 (August 27, 2012; Toronto, Canada) - The second seminar on cognitively based music informatics research will take place at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. In addition to invited keynote presentations by Michael Casey (Dartmouth College) and George Tzanetakis (University of Victoria), we are pleased to invite the submission of abstracts from students for spoken or poster presentations. Deadline for abstract submission: July 30, 2012.  One-day Seminar: August 27, 2012, 10 am – 5 pm (followed by optional dinner). More information about the seminar and registration, is available at

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Perspectives on Musical Improvisation (10-13 September 2012; University of Oxford, England) - Registration is now open for the conference.  To register, book accommodation and get further information about the conference programme, travel etc., please go to  This conference is run in association with SEMPRE.  An early registration discount is available up to and including 1st May 2012. If you have specific questions about the conference, please send an email to infopomi at

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Symposium on Music, the Brain, Medicine and Wellness: A Scientific Dialogue (August 4-6, 2012; Santa Fe, New Mexico) Presenting the state of the science in: the impact of music on the developing brain, cognition, language, memory, and emotion; the use of music to promote healing in patients with serious medical
conditions including cancer, neurologic diseases, and developmental disorders; and the influence of music on the well-being of individuals and their communities. Pre-Symposium Evening Concert: August 3, 2012
For more information please visit:

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ICPMC 2012 (July 23-28, 2012; Thessaloniki, Greece) – 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), 8th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM). The conference is organized by the Department of Music Studies, School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. Papers are invited that report empirical and theoretical research that contributes to a better understanding of how music is perceived, represented and generated. Visit the website for details:

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9th International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval (CMMR) "Music and Emotions" (June 19-22nd, 2012; Queen Mary University of London) - CMMR 2012 is jointly organized by the Centre for Digital Music (QMUL) and the CNRS - Laboratoire de Mecanique et d'Acoustique (France). CMMR is an interdisciplinary conference involving fields such as computer science, engineering, information retrieval, human computer interaction, digital libraries, hypermedia, artificial intelligence, acoustics, audio and music signal processing, musicology, music perception and cognition, neuroscience, as well as music composition and performance.

The CMMR 2012 website is now online at:

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Music and the Moving Image VII (June 1-3, 2012; NYU Steinhardt, NY) - The annual conference, Music and the Moving Image, will explore the relationship between music, sound, and the entire universe of moving images (film, television, video games, iPod, computer, and interactive performances) through paper presentations.Visit website for details:

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SysMus12 (May 24th-26th, 2012; Montreal) The Universite de Montreal's faculty of music and the Observatoire Interdisciplinaire de Creation et de Recherche en Musique (OICRM) will play host to the Fifth International Student Conference on Systematic Musicology (SysMus12). Organized by graduate students, the SysMus conference allows young researchers in systematic musicology at the masters and doctoral levels to present their work in the form of papers, poster sessions and online publications. This conference also provides attendees with the opportunity to hear papers by four internationally-renowned specialists, and to meet colleagues from around the world who share the same interests.

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"Music, Mind, and Brain" (May 24th-27th, 2012; Chicago, IL) Music, Mind and Brain themed program at the 2012 Association for Psychological Science (APS) 24th Annual Convention: with Daniel Levitin, Aniruddh Patel, Carol Krumhansl and Victor Wooten.

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Northeast Music Cognition Group (NEMCOG) (April 28, 2012; Yale University) The next semiannual meeting of the Northeast Music Cognition Group (NEMCOG) will take place at Yale University on Saturday April 28.  The goal of this group is to facilitate interaction among researchers at institutions along the Northeast Corridor who are interested in the area of music cognition, to discuss research in the field, and to identify topics of joint interest and areas for potential collaboration.

For information regarding this meeting:

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Midwest Graduate Music Consortium (March 2-3, 2012; Evanston, IL) - The 16th annual meeting will be held on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and will include paper sessions, a concert of new music, and a keynote address. MGMC 2012 is jointly sponsored by the Bienen School of Music and The Graduate School of Northwestern University. The program committee invites all graduate and advanced undergraduate students to submit proposals for papers related to ethnomusicology, historical musicology, music theory and analysis, music cognition, music education, performance practice or any other topic concerning the study and practice of music. We particularly welcome interdisciplinary work. Deadline for abstracts has passed. Visit website for details:

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Music, Mind, and Invention: Creativity at the Intersection of Music and Computation (March 30-31, 2012; New Jersey) - The Music, Mind, and Invention Workshop will take place at The College of New Jersey. Its purpose will be to explore the rich interconnections between music, cognition, computation, and creativity, addressing themes such as: creativity across disciplines, ways of thinking about music, and music as a medium for improvement. The workshop will feature a keynote address by Marvin Minsky, invited talks by Noam Elkies, Tod Machover, and Dmitri Tymoczko, panel discussions, and presentations of peer-reviewed papers and creative work. Submissions that present novel theories, late-breaking results, and new ways of addressing unresolved questions are welcome. Special efforts will be made to recruit submissions and reviewers from a broad range of disciplines. Deadline for submission of abstracts and creative work: January 8, 2012. The workshop will be open to the public. For more information, visit the event website:

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Segregation and Integration in Music and Language (February 23-24, 2012; Tübingen, Germany) - The workshop aims at all PhD-students, postdocs and researchers who are interested in the neural mechanisms of music and language processing, especially those which might be shared by or separated in both modalities. It will cover the three areas of auditory processing: music, language and non-speech signals. Submission deadline has passed. Visit website for details:

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'Power of Music' (November 30 - December 3, 2011; Western Australia) – the 34th National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia and the 2nd International Conference on Music and Emotion, The University of Western Australia, Perth. Submission deadline has passed.

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BrainBeat: Recent Neuroscience on Music's Therapeutic and Rehabilitative Potential (December 9, 2011; New York, NY) – This workshop is hosted by the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University in cooperation with the Department of Music, bringing together neuroscientists from the New York area and beyond to present their research and methodological approach from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective. Scientists in the field of neuroscience will present and discuss frontiers in music- and rhythm-related perception, cognition, rehabilitation, and neural plasticity. Featuring talks by Gyorgy Buzsaki, Steven Frucht, John Iversen, Lutz Jancke, Nina Kraus, Isabelle Peretz, Gottfried Schlaug, Sarah Woolley, and Robert Zatorre. For more information visit the event website:

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Cleveland Music and Medicine Symposium (October 22, 2011; Cleveland, OH) – The Center for Music and Medicine of University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University presents the second annual Cleveland Music and Medicine Symposium. This day-long symposium features a renowned panel of experts who will discuss the underlying neurological foundations of musical perception, performance and cognition, and explore the fascinating intersection of music and the brain and music and health. Presenters include renowned music therapist Deforia Lane, PhD, and Isabelle Peretz, PhD. For more information on the symposium please visit:

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McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind:

- 'Can You Feel It? Sensorimotor Interactions in Music' (November 5, 2011, Hamilton, Ontario) All-day scientific symposium with Jessica Grahn, Peter Pfordresher and Frank Russo. For more information on the daytime workshop please visit this website. There will also be an

- Evening lecture/concert on musical meaning with Stefan Koelsch. (November 5, 2011, Hamilton, Ontario) Please visit the event website for details.

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SysMus11 - Fourth International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (October 5-7, 2011, Institute of Musicology, Cologne, Germany) Submission deadline has passed. For more information please contact Julia Wewers (julia-wewers @, visit the SysMus11 homepage or the SysMus conference series website.

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Society for Music Perception & Cognition (August 11-14, 2011; Rochester, NY). The conference committee will be chaired by Betsy Marvin and David Temperley; the program committee will be chaired by Peter Pfordresher. Please visit the website for details:

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The Third International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music (MCM 2011), June 15-17, 2011 at IRCAM, the Institute for Research and Coordination of Acoustics and Music in Paris, France. We welcome original and high quality contributions – including research papers, invited sessions or panels and tutorials – in all areas related to the mission of the Society of Mathematics and Computation in Music (see

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Exploring the Mind Through Music, Rice Univ., June 13-17, 2011

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The Neurosciences & Music IV (June 9-12, 2011; Edinburgh, Scotland) The central theme of Music and Neurosciences IV will be Learning and Memory. Please visit the conference website for details.

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The Autistic Mind, Music, and The Brain (March 22, 2011, Recital Hall, Purchase College SUNY) A symposium that explores recent research on enhancing cognitive functioning through music.

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Music, Science, and Medicine: Frontiers in Biomedical Research and Clinical Applications (March 25, 2011; NYAS conference center, NY) Hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) this multidisciplinary 1-day conference aims at exploring the connection between up-to-date scientific findings and their possible application to clinical music and physiological function.

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Symposium on Music and Memory (March 4-5; Stanford University, CA) For information and registration please see:

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Crossing the Corpus Callosum II: Neuroscience, Healing and Music (January 29, 2011; Cambridge, MA) Poster submissions are invited for Longwood Symphony Orchestra's day-long symposium on neuroscience, healing and music. The symposium will take place on January 29, 2011, 8:30-5 at the Northwest Building at Harvard University, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.

We welcome any research involving the intersection of basic or clinical neuroscience with music from disciplines including, but not limited to: neuroscience, neurology, cognitive science, psychology, psychiatry, physical therapy and rehabilitation, music therapy, music theory, and other areas.

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Universals in Music (December 3-4, 2010; Aix-en-Provence, France). 1st International Colloquium on Universals in Music: Data, issues, perspectives, held at the University of Provence.

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Musicognition International Conference 2010 (December 3-4, 2010; Macau). Submission deadline for abstracts has passed.

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Society for Music Theory (November 4-7, 2010; Indianapolis, IN)

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Auditory Perception, Cognition and Action Meeting (Thursday, November 18, 2010; St. Louis, MO). The 9th annual Auditory Perception, Cognition and Action Meeting (APCAM) will be held just prior to the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. The goal of APCAM is to bring together researchers from various theoretical perspectives to present focused research on auditory cognition, perception, and aurally guided action. Submission deadline for abstracts has passed.

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McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind Annual Events:

- Integrated Lecture/Concert with Dr. Aniruddh D. Patel (November 19, 2010; Hamilton, ON)

- All-Day Scientific Workshop: Music Cognition, Language and Thought with Aniruddh D. Patel, E. Glenn Schellenberg, William F. Thompson and Isabelle Peretz (November 20, 2010; Hamilton, ON)

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Music and the Sciences of the Mind (November 19-20, 2010; Brussels). International Colloquium hosted by the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, in collaboration with l'Académie Royale de Belgique.

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Music in Medicine and Therapy (November 4-6, 2010; Krems/Danube, Austria). Poster submission deadline has passed.

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Northeast Music Cognition Group (October 23, 2010; Boston, MA). We invite you to participate in the third meeting of the Northeast Music Cognition Group (NEMCOG). The meeting will be hosted by the Berklee College of Music's Department of Music Therapy and Division of Music Technology.