The April 2017 Newsletter is a special issue that concentrates on the SMA’s 2017 Strategy Document. It contains the document itself and an introduction from its author, the SMA’s President Julian Horton. It is available here: SMA_newsletter_April 2017
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No other candidates having come forward, I am pleased to announce that Julian Horton has been re-elected as President, and that Shay Loya has been re-elected as Information Officer.
The second of our two Student Representative positions remains unfilled, and we will hold a special election for this position in 2016. If you are interested in standing for this position, please feel free to contact SMA Vice-President Kenneth Smith (email@example.com) for an informal discussion.
On behalf of the Society, please can I thank our retiring Student Representative Martin Curda for all his hard work over the past two years; we wish him well for the future.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 31 MARCH 2015
The Ninth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900 (ICMSN) will take place at the University of Glasgow, School of Culture and Creative Arts, from Monday 7th September to Wednesday 9th September, 2015. We invite proposals for papers on any topic relating to 20th- and 21st-century music conceived in the broadest possible terms, including sound studies and inter-media arts. We welcome all methodological approaches, and particularly encourage submissions that question disciplinary boundaries and/or propose interdisciplinary perspectives.
*PLEASE NOTE: on Sept. 7, the ICMSN conference will coincide with the first ‘Workshop’ events of the RSE-funded initiative ‘Building a British Audiovisual Research Network (BARN)’, some of which will be open to conference attendees.
Proposals in the following categories will be considered:
• Papers: 20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes for discussion. Please submit a 250-word (maximum) abstract.
• Paper sessions: 3 or 4 papers, each of 20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes for discussion. Please submit a 250-word (maximum) summary of the session, plus a 250-word (maximum) abstract for each session participant.
• Lecture-recitals, including lectures illustrated by sound diffusions or audio-visual screenings. Please submit a 250-word (maximum) summary, plus participant CVs and recordings/scores/other details of works to be included in the event.
We will only accept one proposal of each type per applicant. Proposals should not duplicate presentations being given at other conferences or events close in time to ICMSN 2015.
Please send your proposal as a Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating whether you need any AV equipment or a piano.
Successful applicants will be informed by 1 May 2015.
Programme committee: Dr Eva Moreda Rodriguez (University of Glasgow, Chair), Dr David Code (University of Glasgow), Dr Laura Hamer (Liverpool Hope University), Dr Philippa Lovatt (University of Stirling), Dr Christopher Mark (University of Surrey), Dr Mark Percival (Queen Margaret University)
“It is not every day that documentaries about music theory in education are made, discussing matters that are highly relevant to our profession and featuring people that you may well know. This is exactly what Karishmeh Felfeli has done.” I wrote this in an email circular to members, urging them (you) to tune in or listen to the podcasts after the event. As well as being a broadcaster, Karishmeh is an insider to the world of music analysis: she is, in fact, a member of the SMA and a PhD student at University College Dublin where she studies with Julian Horton. She is therefore uniquely placed to make such a documentary, which centres on Irish tertiary education but is widely applicable to other countries, not least the UK, as you will see, or rather hear.
If, like me, you are biased against programmes about music (for obvious reasons), you will be pleasantly surprised. I exchange with Karishmeh only a couple of emails and do not know her well, so please believe my disinterestedness when I say that, in the depressing landscape of current programme making, she is a force for good. This documentary is obviously for a wider audience but it compromises nothing. It turns around notions of elitism and challenges some fashionable presumptions about accessibility exposing them for what they are – a way of keeping music theory the preserve of the few. It exposes the consumerism in higher education and raises the familiar problem of undergraduate expectations and the impoverished culture of performance studies. And as for touching on technical aspects of music (a taboo), it does what it preaches and shows what ‘accessibility’ could really be like: for example, I confess to being surprised when Schenker’s motivic parallelism (!) came up. I think it was Steven Laitz from Eastman – forgive me if I misremember – who on this occasion managed to convey it with elegant simplicity, in a way sometimes programmes of particle physics manage to somehow make complex theories widely comprehensible; and it was done as part of a wider argument about literacy (this comes towards the end of part 1. There are some excellent points made by Julian Horton as well).
What I find uplifting about this programme, then, is its anti-populist democratic spirit, if I can put it that way; the idea that like general language literacy, music literacy should really spread, as it is important in itself and beyond the world of Western classical music with which it is usually associated (there are several good arguments made about that in the second part, countering the usual trendy arguments against score-centred learning). Some may say this is Bildung repackaged, the old civilizing mission of the high bourgeoisie in a new guise. Let them. Listen and make up your own minds.
Link to the two podcasts: http://karishmeh.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html
The journal Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain encourages submissions for a special issue on the topic: “Interactions between Emotion and Cognition in Music”.
This call for papers is stimulated by the growing interest in emotion and music, and by the need to more fully consider the role of cognition in emotional responses to music as well as the influences of emotional responses on cognitive processing of music.
Scholars conducting relevant research are encouraged to submit an expression of interest before 1st of March 2013, and a full research paper by the 15th of May 2013.
For more details click here.