Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Fully Funded PhD studentships - Open University (UK)

PhD Studentships - Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

The Open University has fully funded full-time PhD studentships
available from Oct 2014.

I am interested in hearing from candidates in music computing,
particularly for combinations of the following topics, but students
are free to choose an area.

Music and emotion
Music and narrative
Computational Musicology
Musical Pattern Discovery
Music Generation
Music for Computer Games
Collaborative Music Environments
Musical Tabletops

A separate topic that might be of interest, and draw on some of the
same themes and technologies, is the use of ubiquitous technology in
group conflict resolution.

Please contact Dr Robin Laney (robin.laney @ open.ac.uk) for an
informal discussion and advice on constructing a proposal.

Applications should comprise an application form, a CV and a PhD
proposal. Application forms and general advice on PhD proposals can be
found at:


Closing date: March 31st 2014.

The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an
exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland
(SC 038302).

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Connecting Practice, Measurement, and Evaluation: The Fifth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education


Connecting Practice, Measurement, and Evaluation

The Fifth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education

February 18-21, 2015

Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center

For conference details, see http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl/isame

Submission deadline: June 15, 2014


The music education faculties of the University of Florida, the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, and James Madison University will host the 5th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education in February 2015, at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center, Williamsburg, Virginia. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together music education professionals worldwide to share the latest research, thought, and practice in music education assessment. We invite primary and secondary school music educators, higher education professionals and music education researchers, national, state and local education officials from across the world to join us in Williamsburg.


Key Questions. The Key Questions for this symposium fall into three strands. They are:


Strand 1: Practice

·       What models, designs, and practices are most successful in measuring student achievement and skill in music in diverse educational systems?

·       In what ways are music educators using assessment data effectively to improve music teaching and learning?


Strand 2: Measurement

·       How are measures of music learning at all levels examined for reliability and validity?

·       What forms, tools, or processes are used to measure music teaching practice? How are these measures examined for reliability and validity?

·       In what ways have new psychometric models been applied to the analysis of data obtained from music measurements? What are the strengths and limitations of such models?


Strand 3: Evaluation

·       In what ways are music educators evaluating music assessment data for the improvement of teaching, learning, and programs?

·       To what extent are measures of music teaching practice used in music teacher evaluations? How are these evaluations examined for reliability and validity?

·       What unforeseen and unplanned outcomes of measurement and evaluation have been observed?


Call for Papers and Presentations. We seek submissions for research papers, posters, panel discussions, assessment practice papers, and workshops that address the symposium theme and key questions.  Details of the submission process and registration are available at http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl.edu/isame. Submissions are due June 15, 2014. Proposals can be considered for session presentation or the Symposium poster session or both. All submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel of prominent music educators, and notifications will be completed by August 15, 2014. Early submissions are encouraged. Special note: we offer a reduced registration rate of $175.00 for students, and primary/secondary teachers and administrators.

Please share the electronic postcard announcement with your colleagues, fellow teachers and administrators. 


The Kennedy Center's VSA International Young Soloists Competition

2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Now Open for Entries!


The Kennedy Center invites musicians with a disability, ages 14 to 25, to enter the 2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The competition is open to international and domestic musicians, soloists and ensembles of two to five members, and musicians of all genres.


Since 1984, the VSA International Young Soloists Program has identified talented musicians with a disability. The VSA International Young Soloists Competition annually selects up to four outstanding musicians from the United States and around the world, and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. These emerging musicians receive $2,500, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.


Application Deadline: February 10, 2014


Submission guidelines, application, and more information available at:




Julia Gootzeit

Intern, Office of VSA and Accessibility


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

202-416-8895 (direct)