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The origins of musical expertise: beyond born versus made
The International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS) is a biennial meeting of performers and scientists that provides a platform to discuss all facets of performance and the skills that underpin it. Ahead of his keynote address at this year’s symposium in Melbourne, Michigan State University Professor Zach Hambrick argues for a move beyond “born or made” in musical ability. By Zach Hambrick
The International Symposium on Performance Science, Melbourne – what you need to know
The International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS) is a biennial meeting of performers and scientists that provides a platform to discuss all facets of performance and the skills that underpin it. Ahead of this year’s symposium – convened by Melbourne Conservatorium Director Professor Gary McPherson, the Conservatorium’s Dr Solange Glasser and the Royal College of London’s Professor Aaron Williamon – we talk to Professor McPherson about what we can expect.
Let’s get digital: an archive of work by VCA film graduates, coming soon
2019 will see the much-anticipated launch of a Digital Archive featuring work by VCA Film and Television graduating filmmakers across the decades.By Donna Lyon-Hensler
Tiriki Onus: five questions for the Acting Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne
The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, percentage-wise, has the highest number of Indigenous students of any faculty at any university in Victoria, and now there are plans to rename campus paths and walkways with local Indigenous place names. Acting Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, Tiriki Onus, tells us more. By Thuy On
Explainer: what is artistic research?
The role of artistic researchers is not to describe their work – it’s something else entirely.By Professor Barb Bolt, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.
Music Therapy: from Melbourne to Würzburg
The University of Melbourne’s Music Therapy team has a strong connection with the German city of Würzburg – and it’s only going to get stronger.By Paul Dalgarno
Meet Anneliese Gill, PhD candidate in Music Psychology and Performance Science
Third-year PhD candidate at the Melbourne Conservatorium Annaliese Gill would like to create a resource to help music students and their teachers develop complementary psychological performance skills.– As told to Mireille Stahle
Letter: Yours Internally
Director of the Margaret Lawrence Gallery Dr David Sequeira shares his thoughts about Yours Internally, an exhibition of work by Kiron Robinson and Grant Stevens showing from 27 July–25 August … and possibly gives the Backstreet Boys more poetic and artistic credit than they have enjoyed to date.By Dr David Sequeira
Storm in a Petri dish: mixing art and science
Storm is an interdisciplinary Symposium and Exhibition, co-hosted by the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and the Faculty of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. We spoke to some of the contributors about their work and the meaningful collaborations art and science can inspire.By Sarah Hall
Two-minute interview: Dr John Carpente, music therapist for children on the autism spectrum
Dr John Carpente is a world expert in music therapy for children on the autism spectrum. In advance of his 9 July seminar on Musical Play to Support Children on the Autism Spectrum to Express their Identity, he answers a few questions about his work.By Susanna Ling
Does the radio keep you company? The Melbourne Conservatorium needs you
Dr Amanda Krause is a postdoctoral research fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Here, she explains her new research into radio listening habits of older listeners, and how you can get involved.By Paul Dalgarno
Monochromes are so much more than a grey area in visual art
Artists who engage in contemporary monochrome art practices see themselves as part of a growing lineage – as a new exhibition at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery amply demonstrates. By Dr David Sequeira, curator
Art of war: where conflict meets creativity
The relationship between Australia’s military efforts and sanctioned artists dates back to 1918 but, as the nation’s 63rd official war artist explains, there are as many ways to cover combat as there are artistic sensibilities.By Professor Jon Cattapan, VCA Director
Felicity Baker on Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression
Professor Felicity Baker is Head of Music Therapy at the Melbourne Conservatorium. She talks here about her upcoming symposium, Music Interventions for Dementia & Depression in Elderly Care.
Podcast: Jane Davidson, Marshall McGuire and The Voices Of Women
Professor Jane Davidson, of the Melbourne Conservatorium and Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne, talks to Marshall McGuire (Ludovico’s Band) about baroque female composers, historical music performances and emotions.
Let it go: remembering Dr Ben Leske
A colleague and friend pays tribute to one of Melbourne Conservatorium’s brightest and most-loved researchers, who died this week aged 37. By Dr Katrina Skewes McFerran
Peek into Buxton Contemporary with new director Ryan Johnston
Walk and talk with the inaugural director of Buxton Contemporary, on the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus, before the gallery opens on 9 March. By Susanna Ling
Callout: ACMI X Residency Program 2019 open for applications
Staff, graduate students and alumni of The University of Melbourne are eligible to apply for the ACMI X Residency program, which provides co-working opportunities for creative practitioners and researchers in moving image and digital arts technologies.
Doing Feminism: an interview with Professor Anne Marsh
With feminism and what it means so firmly back on the public agenda, there’s never been a better time to get to grips with its role in art and culture.By Susanna Ling
Singing to remember: music therapy and dementia study to launch at the Conservatorium
Music Therapy researcher Dr Jeanette Tamplin’s latest study will examine how singing can improve the lives of dementia sufferers and their carers.