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2015 SEMPRE conference on Music and Health/postgraduate study day

21–23 October 2015: Glasgow Caledonian University

Registration is now open!!

Registration fee:

SEMPRE members, students, unwaged fee: GBP 45 (proof required upon registration)

Standard rate fee: GBP 90

Event details:

This is a three day event in partnership with SEMPRE and the Scottish Music and Health Network, and comprises three separate events:

  • Wednesday 21st Oct: SEMPRE Study day on Music Psychology and Education. A postgraduate study day focussing on music psychology, education and related topics.
  • Thursday 22nd Oct: SEMPRE conference on Music and Health. One day conference exploring the relationship between music and health, encompassing music listening, performance, music therapy, community music and more.
  • Friday 23rd Oct: SMHN meeting for music practitioners, healthcare professionals, academics and interested members of the public. Free to attend, however numbers may be limited subject to availability.


The conference will be held at the Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD.

More details are available via the conference website, and the Scottish Music and Health Network Website:

or contact conference chair/organiser Don Knox:


SYMPOSIUM: Tenth anniversary of BRAMs (Montreal)

Tenth anniversary symposium of the International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research
October 22 & 23, 2015

Over the last decade, BRAMS has grown and prospered to become one of the well-recognized groups worldwide for research on music, speech, and human auditory cognitive neuroscience. In this anniversary symposium, we have invited several prominent scientists to help us think about where the next ten years of research should be taking us. To that end, we will cover novel topics including genetics, education, aging, and social neuroscience.

The anniversary event will also feature a session organized by the Erasmus Mundus program in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, featuring faculty and student presentations from this network representing ten European countries, Canada, and the USA.

Registration is required

Full conference poster (including speakers) available here:


The 14th Annual Auditory Perception, Cognition and Action Meeting (APCAM 2014)

Thursday, November 19th (at the Hilton Chicago Hotel) in Chicago, Illinois.

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 Organizing Committee welcomes not only empirical, but also general theoretical and methodological submissions on a variety of auditory topics, including (but not limited to) the following areas:

Localization, motion perception, and spatial cognition
Object, event, and pattern perception
Aurally guided action and navigation
Auditory scene analysis
Timing and attention
Pitch, loudness, and timbre perception
Music perception, cognition, and performance
Comparative auditory processing
Behavioral neuroscience
Memory and source identification

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

Each submission also should indicate whether there is a preference for an oral or poster presentation. The committee will make every effort to accommodate presentation preferences, though it may not be possible to honor all requests. Given the limited number of oral presentations, authors traditionally have only been permitted a single oral presentation. If there are more accepted abstracts with an oral presentation preference than there are available presentation slots, preference will be given to papers judged to represent the strongest contributions, as well as to participants who did not deliver an oral presentation at the immediately preceding APCAM.

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. Proposals for panel discussions will only require this latter type of abstract. The abstract from the coordinating author should indicate the motivation for, and the nature of, the proposed session, including a brief overview of the fundamental issue(s) that it hopes to address. A listing of contributing authors for the session also should be provided, along with a brief statement about what each author will discuss. Such abstracts are expected to be included in the printed program if a proposal is accepted. Preference will be given to proposed sessions that cut across research domains and that have important theoretical implications and/or practical applications. Additionally, panelists for proposed sessions should be selected based upon their areas of expertise, and thus their ability to actively contribute to the discussion. Panel discussions should be designed to allow for at least 10-15 minutes of questions/participation from the audience either at the end of the session or interspersed throughout the panel discussion.

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 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.

Michael Hall
Chair, Organizing Committee, APCAM 2015
Director, Psychological Sciences M.A. Program
Department of Psychology
MSC 7704
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
office: (540) 568-7877


2nd Conference of the Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS)

AMPS 2015: The Art and Science of Music
7-9 December 2015

University of Western Sydney Parramatta City campus (7-8 Dec) and Parramatta South campus (9 Dec): Hosted by MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney (UWS)

Abstracts are invited for the 2nd Conference of the Australian Music and Psychology Society (AMPS) Inc. to be held Monday 7 December to Wednesday 9 December on the University of Western Sydney Parramatta City (7-8 Dec) and Parramatta South (9 Dec) campuses. AMPS 2015 follows the successful inaugural AMPS conference held at the University of Melbourne in 2013. The theme of AMPS 2015 is The Art and Science of Music.

The aim of AMPS 2015 is to bring together faculty and Honours, Masters, and PhD students whose research is at the intersection of music and psychology. For example, music performance, music perception and cognition, music composition, improvisation, digital media, music education, music therapy, music and dance, wellbeing and health, psychoacoustics, and computational models of music(al) processes.

The conference will include short (15 min) oral presentations, poster presentations, keynote addresses, a music and text performance by austraLYSIS and friends on the evening of 8 December (Riverside Theatre, Parramatta), and sessions for members of the community and professions allied to the arts, education, health, and science.

The MARCS Institute at UWS is hosting four conferences from 7 to 11 December. Confluence on Wednesday 9 December will be a constellation of the four conferences to encourage new connections across disciplines. Confluence comprises meetings of AMPS together with the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS), Australasian Language Technology Association Workshop (ALTA) and Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS). Confluence will be held on UWS Parramatta south campus and include oral and poster presentations, keynote addresses including Prof Jane Davidson (University of Melbourne, VCA and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music), Prof Dr Sonja Kotz (University of Manchester and Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences), Prof Joe Wolfe (The University of New South Wales), a music and text performance by austraLYSIS, and a symposium on music and language, all designed to be of mutual interest and to optimise new interdisciplinary connections across the four conferences, the 300 delegates, and the disciplines of music, psychology, science and health, engineering, computing, design, acoustics, linguistics, and speech science.

AMPS 2015 will run Monday 7 December to Wednesday 9 December. Monday and Tuesday will be held on UWS Parramatta City campus and Wednesday on UWS Parramatta South campus (transport from Parramatta City to Parramatta South will be provided).

Submitting an Abstract

All submissions will be made through “EasyChair”. Go to
Once logged in, Click on “New Submission”

For oral and poster presentations, submit an abstract of up to 250 words together with title of the presentation, preferred format, 5 keywords (to assist with allocation to appropriate reviewers), and author names.

Proposals for a symposium on a specific theme should include a 250-word abstract that sets out the goals of the symposium and the titles and authors of the papers within the symposium. A 250-word abstract for each paper within the symposium will also need to be submitted.

Proposals for a workshop that would be of broad interest to AMPS as well as delegates of ALTA, ADCS, and ALS, should consist of a 250 word abstract outlining the goal, format, length, target audience and presenters involved with the proposed workshop. Workshops of interest across the four conferences would be scheduled for Confluence on Parramatta South campus, Wednesday 9 December.

Due Date for Abstracts: Abstracts due for oral presentations, poster presentations, symposia, workshops: 1 September 2015

Contact Details:

We look forward to seeing you at AMPS 2015!

AMPS Executive, Peter Keller and Kate Stevens
Organisors AMPS 2015


Virtuosity – An interdisciplinary symposium

The Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest

3–6 March 2016

We are pleased to announce the joint symposium of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy and ESCOM (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music), an interdisciplinary event to be held in Budapest, in the beautifully restored Art Nouveau palace of the Liszt Academy between 3 and 6 March 2016. We invite proposals for individual papers (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion) and posters. The language of the symposium is English.

Theme and topics
We invite submissions for a symposium on virtuosity in music performance that address questions such as the following:
· What is virtuosity?
· How virtuosity is perceived in different ways by musicians and their audiences in different cultures?
· How might virtuosity be studied empirically?
· What are the cognitive, neuropsychological and motor mechanisms underpinning virtuosity?
· What is the relationship between virtuosity and creativity?
· What is the relationship between virtuosity and enchantment (or ‘magic’)? To what extent can virtuosity be considered the making of magic? Or can be magic be made in the absence of virtuosity?
· How might virtuosity be taught?

All submissions must address the symposium theme. Please send us an abstract of approximately 250 words as an e-mail attachment in Word format to, specifying whether the proposal is for a theoretical paper, an empirical paper, or a poster. All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the members of an international review committee. In order to ensure anonymity, please do not include personal details in the abstract. The name(s) of the author(s), institutional affiliation and a short biography of approx. 100 words should be sent in a separate Word document. Please indicate in your cover letter your AV requirements and whether the presentation will involve live performance, and if so what instruments are envisaged.

Submission of abstracts: 31 October 2015
Notification for acceptances: 30 November 2015

Programme and registration
The programme of the symposium will be announced in January 2016. Online registration will open in January 2016. For additional information please contact Dr László Stachó ( or Ms Éva Gyöngy Máté (

Organising Committee
László Stachó (Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest), chair of the Organising Committee
László Norbert Nemes (Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest), co-chair of the Organising Committee
Jane Ginsborg (Royal Northern College of Music)
Peter Keller (The MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney)
Jukka Louhivuori (University of Jyväskylä)
Richard Parncutt (University of Graz)


SAVE THE DATE: SysMus16 – University of Jyväskylä, Department of Music, June 8-10, 2016

The SysMus conferences are annual student-run events designed to allow advanced students in the field of systematic musicology – particularly those studying for PhDs or completing Masters’ degrees – to meet and discuss their research.

Systematic musicology embraces an extremely diverse mix of epistemologies and methodologies from the sciences and humanities aimed at studying the phenomenon of music in its general rather than specific manifestations.

SysMus takes place at different venues across the world and usually welcomes participants from more than ten countries. Keynote speakers include internationally renowned researchers working in various subfields of systematic musicology.
We are looking forward to meeting you at the next SysMus conferences!

Manuela M. Marin & Luiz Naveda
on behalf of the SysMus Council


International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) 2016

Dates: July 5 – 9, 2016
Location: Hyatt Regency, San Francisco
Conference chair: Theodore Zanto (UCSF)

The opening keynote address will be at 1 PM on the 5th, and the closing keynote will end at 6 PM on the 10th

Abstracts due: January 22, 2016

The International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition is pleased to announce the call for abstract submissions for its 14th biennial meeting to be held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in San Francisco, CA, USA, from July 5-9, 2016. Abstract submissions are invited for oral presentations, poster presentations, and symposia. Advanced registration and abstract submission will open November 2, 2015.

For more details, visit:

For questions & comments, contact the organizing committee:

Further details will be communicated in the digest, and on the SMPC website (


If you hear of any conferences that may be interesting for music psychologists then please forward details to me: v.williamson- at-