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MODAL Research Group Fall Seminar Series

Next Event: December 05, 2013
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The MODAL Research Group is pleased to announce the line-up for their Fall Seminar Series and invite you to join them for engaging webinars and presentations.

Other universities involved in the webinar series are:

  • Argentina: Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte
  • Canada: Universite Laval
  • Cyprus: University of Cyprus
  • Mexico: Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua; Universidad Veracruzana; Servicios Educativos del Estado de Chihuahua; Conservatorio de Musica de Chihuahua; IIIECH; CENIDIM
  • United Kingdom: University of Cambridge; University of London
  • United States: Ball State University; Benedictine University; Gettysburg College; Lake Forest College

The psychological skills of music performance: The missing link in the training of performing artists

Webinar Lecture with Dr. Jon Skidmore, Brigham Young University, Utah

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: Education Building, Room 8541

As music educators we barely touch the surface in a formal training sense when it comes to the psychological aspects of performance. I saw a student approach her teacher just prior to a recital and announce to her teacher "I'm nervous." She was pleading for some help. The teacher responded with a quick "You will do fine." Her efforts to reassure her student didn't seem to provide much relief. The teacher really didn't know what to say and the student didn't know what to do. This is a problem. I have heard countless stories of how the musical preparation was there, but something "mental" went wrong and the end result was lots of anxiety, a fear of performing and even the end of a musical career. This is a tragedy!

Using an iPhone/iPod app to capture music and multimodal digital media engagement in the daily lives of youth

MODAL Research Group meeting with a presentation by Deanna Peluso, Doctoral Candidate, Simon Fraser University

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: Education Building, Room 8541

Despite the ubiquitous nature of both music and digital media in youth daily lives, there are few studies that delve into how youth are actually engaging in multimodal ways with music using portable mobile digital media devices.

This talk will explore the development of an iOS App for the iPad, iPod and iPhone as a methodology for collecting qualitative and quantitative data in and through mobile and social media. The process and collaborative aspects of designing and developing an iOS App that complements the contemporary ways that youth are multimodally engaging and using their mobile devices and apps will be discussed. There will also be examples and elaboration on the constraints and enablements that this innovative form of research poses.

Drawing on Experience Sampling Methodology (ESM), the development of this unique format of multimodal, musical and digital media research brings ESM research into the realm of a social and digital age, where research methodologies can build upon the ways that youth are actually engaging, communicating and learning in their daily lives.

Children's invented song-making: The foundations of creative thought and practice

Webinar Lecture with Dr. Margaret Barrett, University of Queensland, Australia

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: Education Building, Room 8541

The common saying has it that creativity awaits the prepared mind. As music educators and music education researchers, how the mind is prepared for creativity is one of our central concerns. Dr. Margaret Barrett's research projects has included the investigation of the ways in which musical thought and practice develop in early life, with a particular focus on children's generative thought and activity, as composers, notators and song-makers.

This webinar will explore the ways in which creativity has been understood and defined, the ways in which creativity has been taken in education, and, through the interrogation of two young children's musicial output, examine the potential beginnings of creative thought and activity in music.

Music appreciation in the secondary classroom

MODAL Research Group meeting with a presentation by Zara Pierre-Vaillancourt, Doctoral Candidate, Laval University

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: Education Building, Room 8541

Music appreciation is one of the three disciplinary competencies in the Quebec music program. Appreciating musical works involves exploring diverse meanings as the student examines the musical work from a critical and aesthetic perspective. In a 2011 survey conducted by the Quebec provincial music association (FAMEQ), music teachers expressed a need for teaching materials to help them develop this competency in the music classroom. The objective of this study is to identify the best teaching practices that will enable the music teacher to create his or her own teaching materials. A collaborative approach involving teachers and students will be employed in this study. Engaging in a reflective thinking process, the teacher will review his or her teaching practice and discover new ways to teach effectively, keeping in mind student motivation when planning instruction. Given that adolescence is a critical period for musical and emotional development, this study will be conducted in secondary music classrooms, with 14-17 year old students, in different regions of the province of Quebec.

Transformative music engagement: Making music learning matter

Webinar/Live Lecture with Dr. Susan O'Neill, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: Education Building, Room 8541

Engagement has been described as underpinning learning in the 21st century and when combined with transformative experience and positive youth development frameworks, it transforms music learning into meaningful, participatory actions from which young people drive a sense of connection, purpose, fulfillment and well being. I will present findings from recent research that demonstrates how we might involve youth in transformative music experiences, how to recognize affordances and constraints to music learning and how to measure associated learning outcomes, such as increased valuing of music activities, personal and social commitment to music learning and respect for others' learning. There is growing momentum among music educators that recognizes the need to empower music learners and encourage active inquiry, dialogue and reflection to inspire expansive music learning opportunities and transformative music engagement.

Facing the music: An investigation of musicians' physical and mental responses

Webinar Lecture with Dr. Aaron Williamon, Royal College of Music, London

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: Education Building, Room 9511

Musicians typically rehearse far away from their audiences and in practice rooms that differ significantly from the concert venues in which they aspire to perform. Due to high costs and the inaccessibility of such venues, much current international music training lacks repeated exposure to realistic performance situations, with students learning all too late (or not at all) how to manage the stresses of performing and the demands of their audiences. This presentation will explore the physiological and psychological differences between practising and performing. It will also introduce the 'Performance Simulator', an innovative new facility which operates in two modes: (i) concert and (ii) audition simulation. Initial results demonstrate that the Simulator allows musicians to develop and refine valuable professional skills, including enhancement of communication on stage and effective management of performance anxiety.

Changing attitudes and teaching strategies in music education classrooms to bring out the best in our students and teachers

Webinar/Live Lecture with Dr. Yaroslav Senyshyn, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: Education Building, Room 8541

Critical discourse analysis presentations by EDUC 945 students

Presentations by Arts Education Doctoral students

Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Education Building, Room 8541

Singing engagement: Cross-cultural and pedagogical implications

MODAL Research Group meeting with a presentation by Jim Sparks, Doctoral Candidate, Simon Fraser University

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: Education Building, Room 8541

Singing is a defining feature of humanity with immense socio-cultural significance and multifaceted communicative power (Welch, 2005). Through shared singing experiences, messages are perceived and transmitted through intrapersonal and interpersonal processes that are empathetic (as shared identity, emotions, representation, and meaning-making), referential (through text) and expressive. In my experience, the traditional practice of singing in western cultural institutions provides limited opportunities; singing is often perceived by many as constrained and restricted to those who are “talented.” Relatively little is known about the degree to which singing engagement fosters transformative experiences and very little empirical research has examined potential factors leading to engagement in transformative learning through singing.

My research investigates the learning capacities that singing offers when singing cultures are brought together and how we might create learning opportunities to increase these singing capacities in ways that foster greater cultural awareness, interconnectedness, and communication. Rooted in theories of Vygotsky, Bakhtin, and Freire, Transformative Singing Engagement (TSE) and Transformative Singing Leadership (TSL) offer new approaches. In this talk, I examine the potential of TSE/TSL drawing on examples from my work with youth singers at a Fine Arts School and recognized singing leaders in Cuba, Kenya, Ukraine, Denmark, and Canada.