Events From 2013
The Australian Music and Psychology Society in association with Music, Mind & Wellbeing are hosting a conference 27-30 November 2013 at the University of Melbourne on all matters Music Mind & Health. For more information on the conference visit http://conference.ampsociety.org.au/.
The Australian Music and Psychology Society (AMPS) presents the Music Mind and Health Conference.
Conference runs November 27th - 30th, 2013
Abstracts due 15th July 2013
Music and Happiness: How music promotes emotional health and wellbeing
Music is an emotional elixir. It helps us manage our negative moods and experience highly pleasurable emotions. Music can also generate intensely sad and fearful emotions, and influence more complex states such as our sense of meaning and purpose in life. In this presentation, Nikki Rickard explores how research is providing insight into when music is beneficial for our emotional wellbeing, and when it might be used to signal ill health. The role of music as a means for young people to self-manage symptoms of depression will also be explored.
Although this event is free, bookings are essential. Tickets can be booked through the Melbourne Recital Centre website. Podcasts of the lecture will be available a few days after the event at http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/news/2013/11/listen-to-the-music-on-the-mind-november-podcast/
The tills are alive with the sound of muzak: effects of in-store music on consumer behaviour and attitudes
The use of music in shops, bars and the like has long been the source of considerable light-hearted derision. The playwright J. B. Priestly once bragged of having “had it turned off in the best of places”. However, research has accumulated over the past two decades showing the myriad effects it can have. Some of these are positive for business, by for example increasing spending, influencing product choice, or even helping to control the speed and direction of customer movements. Some of these effects are positive for consumers also, by improving mood in commercial premises and helping customers to achieve their goals. This talk presents an overview of some of the many effects of music that have been identified, with particular emphasis on their commercial implications.
Although this event is free, bookings are essential. Tickets can be booked through the Melbourne Recital Centre website. Podcasts of the lecture will be available a few days after the event at http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/news/2013/10/music-on-the-mind-september-podcast-now-available/
The Australian Music Therapy Association are hosting a conference 14-15 September 2013 at the Novotel on Collins in Melbourne. The theme for this conference is: Music and Health: Evidence and Evolution
The International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS) is a biennial meeting of performers and scientists to discuss performance and the skills which underpin it. ISPS 2013 will be convened at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, 28-31 August 2013.
Finding your song: Constructing new meaning through songwriting
Throughout the ages, songs have told people’s stories about love, memories, relationships, loss, hardships, pain and suffering. Songwriters are transformed as they explore, reflect, resolve, and reconstruct meaning in life through the creation of lyrics and music. Their songs are syntheses of their personal processes or representations of their transformed selves. In this presentation, Felicity will share findings from her research regarding the role of songwriting as a transformative tool for people suffering from a range of significant health conditions.
Although this event is free, bookings are essential. Tickets can be booked through the Melbourne Recital Centre website. Podcasts of the lecture will be available a few days after the event at http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/news/2013/08/music-on-the-mind-august-podcast-now-available/
The DAG factor. Why we like music with contagious emotions
Many people enjoy music that makes them feel strong emotions. However, music psychologists have become interested in the distinction between felt emotion and the emotion that the music is representing. For example, a piece might make a listener feel little emotion, while the music itself expresses very strong emotions. Such a simultaneous difference in emotions has only recently been researched, and one study of this difference suggests that people like music when the emotion felt is well matched with the expressed emotion: This matching has been referred to as the 'Differential Affect Gap' (DAG). In this presentation I will report how the DAG factor works, and how it might be explained. An interesting idea arises from the philosophical view that music has human-like qualities, and just as with humans, we can have empathising responses to music. Thus, we are able to 'capture' a contagious emotion in music as we do when naturally smiling when we see a friend smiling, and feel an empathic sadness when we see that person feeling sad.
Although this event is free, bookings are essential. Tickets can be booked through the Melbourne Recital Centre website. Podcasts of the lecture will be available a few days after the event at http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/news/2013/07/music-on-the-mind-july-podcast-now-available/
Premiere screening of the documentary: "Stroke a Chord Choir: A story of stroke survivors who can sing but cannot speak".
Wednesday 26th June, 10.30-11.30am
Hoyts Cinema Eastland, Tickets $12
The language of music, and the music of language
Scholars throughout history have contemplated the association between music and language, including Plato, Rousseau, and Darwin. Charles Darwin speculated that before our ancestors developed the capacity to communicate through language, they communicated using an earlier music-like "protolanguage" that was highly emotional in nature. In this talk, we will explore the emotional nature of music and its association with emotional speech, and I will show that emotion is a pivotal link between these two forms of human communication. I will also consider the complex emotional messages that are contained within popular music and the effects that such messages can have, the extent to which we can understand emotional messages in music and speech from others cultures, and the emotional body movements and facial expressions that people make when they are speaking or performing music.
Although this event is free, bookings are essential. Tickets can be booked through the Melbourne Recital Centre website. Podcasts of the lecture will be available a few days after the event at http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/news/2013/06/music-on-the-mind-june-podcast-now-available/
The 3rd International Conference on Music & Emotion will be held in Jyväskylä, Finland, June 11-15, 2013. This conference will bring together leading researchers, teachers, and practitioners from different areas of music and emotion. A series of invited keynote addresses and peer-reviewed proposals will explore the ways in which emotion is encoded and mediated through musical sounds and structures, and investigate how musical emotion is conceptualised, modelled and measured.
For further information visit the conference website:
Dr Don Greene, Performance Psychologist and former faculty member of The Juilliard School, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Syracuse Symphony, and The New World Symphony, will discuss the concept of peak performance, how it correlates to specific areas of the brain, and skills for performing your best under pressure.
This is a FREE talk, but bookings essential. Please click here to register.
The 2013 SEMPRE Conference will be held in Folkestone, England from 18-20 April. The conference theme is: 'Setting the Tempo' - The need for a progressive research programme on Music Health and Wellbeing. Keynote speaker - Prof Brynjulf Stige (Norway)
Music, Mind & Wellbeing, in association with the Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS), invites you to attend our upcoming seminar entitled:
DEFYING THE LAW OF LEAST EFFORT: DELIBERATE PRACTICE AND THE THREE STAGES OF EXPERTISE
Link to video podcast: http://content.lecture.unimelb.edu.au:8080/ess/echo/presentation/f8443546-5345-4de0-b3e2-b36009e078b9/media.m4v
Link to audio podcast: http://content.lecture.unimelb.edu.au:8080/ess/echo/presentation/f8443546-5345-4de0-b3e2-b36009e078b9/media.mp3
The seminar will be held on Thursday 14/03/2013 at 6:00pm.
Location: Old Arts Theatre B, The University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.
Presenter : Prof. Dr. Adina Mornell, University of Music and Theater Munich.