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The Improvising Brain III: Cultural Variation and Analytical Approaches

Feb 26th – 28th, 2017, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

Events will include keynote lectures by Robert Gjerdingen (Northwestern University), Panayotis Mavromatis (NYU), and Martin Norgaard (GSU), as well as a concert juxtaposing Carnatic music and improvisation in the European tradition, featuring Salem Shriram (voice) and Johnandrew Slominski (piano).

Program Committee: Francisco Gómez (Technical University of Madrid), Mariana Montiel (Georgia State University), Jay Rahn (York University), Chris Stover (The New School), Brian Wesolowski (University of Georgia)

Following the success of the Improvising Brain Symposia in 2013 and 2015, this conference will once again address improvisation from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: music cognition, neuroscience, education, ethnomusicology, and music theory. This year’s theme, “Cultural Variation and Analytical Approaches”, stems from the growing scholarly interest in the empirical and music-theoretical study of world music traditions, the cognitive underpinnings of musical improvisation, as well as the study of historical documents related to improvisation in the European tradition. We encourage submissions related to topics including:

–The empirical study of musical improvisation
–The role of improvisation in oral traditions
–Improvisation as reflected in historical pedagogical documents
–The use of improvisation in training present-day musicians

Paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length. Please submit a 300-word abstract for both paper presentations and posters, with no more than 3 pages of supplemental materials (e.g., graphs, musical examples). We reserve the right to accept a paper-proposal as a poster. Proposals will be reviewed blindly by the program committee. Do not include the author’s name or other identifying details in the proposal itself. Submissions must be received byOct. 1st, 2016. Notifications will be made in November 2016.

Abstracts and supplemental material may be submitted here:

Papers with a world music focus will be considered for a peer-reviewed special issue in the Analytical Approaches to World Music Journal.

The events are presented by Georgia State University’s CENCIA (Center for Collaborative and International Arts), Center for Educational Partnerships in Music, College of the Arts, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Neuroscience Institute, and School of Music.


Mid-Biennial Perception and Cognition SRIG Conference

Loyola University New Orleans, March 9 – 11, 2017

The Perception and Cognition SRIG exposes its members to research and issues in music perception and cognition that furthers our knowledge of how music is experienced and understood. The intent is that this information advances musical pedagogy while revealing various complexities of the musical experience.

Consider the prominence of music research in the current education climate in which our art is framed as having not only its inherent musical benefits and value but also a number of extra-musical cognitive benefits. While this presence in the greater education community may have effects on our advocacy, this SRIG seeks to ponder research that examines how music is perceived, understood, and experienced by people of all ages and contemplate how findings in perception and cognition may inform our pedagogy while revealing various complexities of the musical experience. Proposals related to a broad range of music education research will be considered.

Presentation format will be for those interested in presenting original research that has not yet been published or presented in a similar forum. Papers will be allotted 30 min, including 20 min for the presentation, 5 min for questions and answers, and 5 min for the preparation for the next presentation. Submissions for panels of three to five presenters (50 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion) will be accepted.

Submission Process

Authors are asked to submit a proposal of up to 300 words and an abstract of no more than 50 words, and biography of 150-words for each presenter. The proposal should contain no clues as to author identity or institutional affiliation.

The submission deadline is January 6, 2017; 11:59 p.m. CDT. 

Acceptance notification will be made by January 20, 2017.

Please submit proposals to Direct specific questions regarding submissions to Edward McClellan at


The Neurosciences and Music – VI, MUSIC, SOUND AND HEALTH

15 – 18th June 2017, Boston, MA (USA) 

The “Neuromusic” Community is invited to submit proposals for the Symposia. These should be organized around a specific topic related to the conference theme of “Music, Sound and Health” with special emphasis on development.
The deadline for symposia abstract submission is 15 October 2016.

The deadline for poster submission will be January 2017

The conference is in partnership with the Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In addition to the Symposia, the program will include Keynote Lectures, Poster Sessions, and a Pre-conference Workshop.


Helsinki Summer School/Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience August 2017

August 8-18, 2017.

The human brain and its ability to adapt to the demands of the environment is the core of our course. The course program will cover brain functions in the framework of neuroplasticity. The course consists of tutorials on brain research methods and lectures about current topics. The students also have an opportunity to introduce their projects and research outcomes in a poster session and to discuss their viewpoints in group works based on the pre-course readings.

We primarily select to this course PhD students who have basic knowledge on neuroscience or related fields. This course is useful for students who wish to gain knowledge about the most recent developments in auditory cognitive neuroscience, particularly when it comes to learning and developing brain. For more information, see: 

On behalf of the organizers,

Mari Tervaniemi, Teija Kujala, and Minna Huotilainen – Cicero Learning and Cognitive Brain Research Unit, University of Helsinki



GHENT, 31 JULY – 4 AUGUST 2017

ESCOM, the European Society for Cognitive Sciences Of Music, celebrates its 25 years of activities with a special conference that is hosted from 31 July – 4 August 2017 by Prof. Dr. Marc Leman and his team from IPEM at the University of Ghent in Belgium.

Currently the focus of music cognition shifts towards a variety of sensory, motor, sensorimotor, affective-motivational, cognitive and social functions involved in the many ways people interact with music. ESCOM 2017 aims at being a thought-provoking conference that explores the theme of “Expressive Interaction with Music”. During this special event music-based interaction is addressed from a wide range of perspectives, in relation to expression, gestures and social and cultural contexts.

Within 4 days ESCOM 2017 will bring together experts from different domains related to the field, and scholars discussing expressive interaction with music from the perspective of perception (day 1), performance (day 2), and aesthetics (day 3). On day 4, through parallel workshops, the opportunity is offered for an open and intense exchange of experience. A round table discussion is organized where the future of music research is discussed. The conference features plenary sessions with keynote speakers and special selected speakers, and a number of parallel sessions with speakers selected on the basis of a call for papers. The conference also offers poster sessions.

Including high-level keynote speakers the conference is a unique opportunity to learn, expand your network and plan joint actions in a truly interactive event.

Join us in Ghent for ESCOM 2017’s key music conference. Join us in considering how to address the problems that research on expressive interaction with music faces now, and the challenges that lie ahead.  Whatever your field of research is, we encourage you to participate, to show the true diversity of our subject area, and to help us build a conference formed and shaped by the people that come.


Music & Eye-Tracking – What eye movements, pupil dilation, and blinking activity tell us about musical processing

Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany, August 17-18, 2017

We are very pleased to announce the call for abstract submissions to the conference on “Music and Eye-tracking“ (MET), which will be held 17th-18th of August 2017 at the Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany.

Our goal is to bring together the leading experts from psychology, all fields of music research, sociology, cultural sciences, and neuroscience, united in the interest to investigate musical processing using eye-tracking methodology or combining eye-tracking with other methods.

Submission is open from 1st February until 1st April.

For full details please visit our website at


Asian-Pacific Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (APSCOM 6)

Kyoto August 25-27, 2017

We are pleased to announce that abstract submissions are now open for the 6th Conference of the Asian-Pacific Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (APSCOM 6), to be held in Kyoto August 25-27, 2017. Abstract submissions are invited for oral presentations, poster presentations, and symposia.

Important dates
Abstract submission site open: September 27, 2016
Deadline for abstract submission of symposia: January 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance of abstracts of symposia: January 22, 2017
Deadline for abstract submission of oral and poster presentations: January 31, 2017
Notification of acceptance of abstracts of oral and poster presentations: April 5, 2017
Deadline for submission of full papers (not mandatory): June 15, 2017

For questions and comments, contact the organizing committee:


International Symposium on Performance Science

Performance, Processes, and Products

August 30 | 02 September 2017
Reykjavík | Iceland

The next International Symposium on Performance Science will be hosted by the Iceland Academy of the Arts and convened at Harpa, Reykjavík’s world-renowned concert hall, on August 30 – 02 September 2017.

The ISPS 2017 theme, Performance, Processes, and Products, is intended to encourage discussion and debate on how performances are conceived, developed, delivered, and received. Specific research topics, fields of study, and methodological approaches have been left open intentionally to encourage interdisciplinary exchange.

Keynote Speakers

Hilmar Bragi Janusson
Dean of the School of Engineering and Natural Science
University of Iceland (Iceland)

Reinhard Kopiez
Professor of Music Psychology
Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media (Germany)

Alison McGregor
Professor of Musculoskeletal Biodynamics
Imperial College London (UK)

Steven Schlozman
Associate Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
Harvard University (USA)

Important dates

15 January 2017: Paper/poster abstract submission deadline
15 March 2017: Notification of submission decision
01 April 2017: Article submissions open for ISPS 2017 Research Topic in Frontiers
15 April 2017: End of early registration
30 August 2017: Start of ISPS 2017
31 December 2017: Article submission deadline for ISPS 2017 Research Topic in Frontiers


  • Spoken papers
  • Poster presentations
  • Symposia and workshops

Detailed instructions for submissions  (along with templates) will be available on the conference website. Submissions should be made electronically to by 15 January 2017.

Graduate Award

The Scientific Committee is keen to encourage the attendance of students, as well as established researchers and practitioners. Therefore, the ISPS 2017 Graduate Award will be offered to one graduate student to present a keynote paper at the conference.

Review Process 

Each submission will be reviewed anonymously by the Scientific Committee according to its originality, importance, clarity, and interdisciplinarity. Corresponding authors will be notified by email of the Committee’s decision by 15 March 2017.

Conference Publication

Building on the publication of articles from ISPS 2013 and ISPS 2015 in Frontiers in Psychology, the journal is will host a Research Topic in the specialty section Performance Science for ISPS 2017 presenters. To qualify, the first (or corresponding) author must be a registered presenter at ISPS 2017, and the manuscript should be submitted to the journal for independent peer-review between 01 April and 31 December 2017.

The philosophy of Frontiers is that research is the product of an investment by society, and therefore, its fruits should be returned to all people without borders or discrimination, serving society universally and in a transparent fashion. This is why Frontiers provides online free and open access to all of its research publications.

The new Frontiers specialty section Performance Science welcomes submissions of the highest quality of the following types: Book Review, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report. Like most other serious open-access publishers, Frontiers maintains a high quality of service through an ‘author-pay’ model. As such, manuscripts that are accepted for publication following peer review may incur a publishing fee (reduced for Research Topic submissions), depending on the article type. For more information on the Frontiers open access policy and publishing fees, see

To learn more about the specialty section Performance Science, see or write to chief editor Aaron Williamon at

Note. The ISPS 2017 Research Topic replaces the Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science. As with ISPS 2015, a proceedings volume will not be produced for ISPS 2017; however, published articles from all previous ISPS are freely available in the Publications section.


Full and one-day registration options are available. Registration fees will be posted on this site in November 2016, and online registration will open on 15 March 2017.

The official language of the conference is English.


Call for Papers – SysMus17 SysMus enters its 10th year! 

Come celebrate with us in London! SysMus17 is coming September 13th-15th 2017 and will be hosted by the Music Cognition Lab at Queen Mary, University of London. 

We invite presentations in the form of live spoken papers, virtual spoken papers, and poster presentations. Please see details below.

Please submit two abstracts via the submission system (see below):

1.    Short Abstract
The short abstract should be no more than 150 words in length, and concisely summarize the work that you wish to present.  This is what will go into the abstract book.

2.    Extended Abstract
The extended abstract gives you more opportunity to describe the motivations for your work and the methodology used, as well as providing more detailed results and conclusions. This abstract should use the template provided on the SysMus17 website, and be submitted in .doc or .docx format (word limit: 300 words; maximum file size: 3 MB).  This is what will go into the proceedings, should you not wish to submit a paper.

Abstracts should be no more than 150 words (short) or 300 words (extended) in length, be written in English, and address one of the conference topics listed below. All submissions will be considered for both spoken paper (live or virtual) and poster presentation categories. However, the author can indicate a preference for either spoken (live or virtual) or poster presentation in the submission form. All abstracts will be submitted via an online system (see below). Submissions are due February 28th, 2017.

Researchers should avoid referring to their own names within the submitted abstracts, as acceptance will be determined by anonymous peer review. Researchers may submit only one abstract. 

All accepted presenters are invited to submit a 4-6-page proceedings article that will be published online. The deadline for submitting this proceedings article is June 30th, 2017.                       

SysMus is dedicated to including a broad range of topics within its conferences, representative of the great diversity within systematic musicological study. Submissions addressing any of the following subjects are particularly welcome: 

·         Systematic musicology 
·         Music perception 
·         Music cognition 
·         Music psychology 
·         Music therapy 
·         Music modeling 
·         Music information retrieval 
·         Music sociology 
·         Music education 
·         Music technology 
·         Music and culture
·         Musical acoustics
·         Music philosophy
·         Music theory and analysis

Live and virtual paper presentations 
Oral presentations will be allocated slots of 20 minutes, with 12 minutes for the presentation, 5 minutes for discussion (via Skype for virtual), and 3 minutes to prepare for the next talk. 

Poster presentations 
Poster presentations will have designated time slots and presentation spaces that will not overlap with any other activity. 

A quick summary of what you need to know: 
What: International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology 
When: September 13th-15th, 2017 
Where: Queen Mary, University of London 
When are the abstracts due? February 28th 2017 
How do I submit my abstract? Via the submission system – click on this link here

For more information, check out our website:
Facebook: SysMus17
Twitter: @SysMus17



Graz 23rd-28th July 2018

The 15th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), combined with the 10th Triennial Conference of ESCOM, will be held at the University of Graz, Austria from 23 to 28 July 2018. Enquiries: Richard Parncutt


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