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6th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition
Keele, August 2000

6th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition
August 5-–10, 2000

Keele University, United Kingdom



Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join us at this biennial conference (previously held in
Kyoto, Los Angeles, Liège, Montreal, and Seoul) which is the world
conference of the music psychology community. It is jointly sponsored by
the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (USA), the Japanese Society
for Music Perception and Cognition (JSMPC), and the European Society for
the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM). ESCOM is hosting ICMPC6 at Keele
University, which also functions as the 4th Triennial ESCOM conference. 

Keele is situated in the Midlands of England, close to Manchester and
Birmingham International Airports, and less than 2 hours from London by
train. The University is in scenic parkland outside the city of
Stoke-On-Trent, home to the UK'’s finest pottery and china manufactures. 

The conference is organised from the Unit for the Study of Musical Skill
and Development in the Department of Psychology at Keele University. We
invite you to participate in this important event by submitting a paper,
poster, demonstration or symposia in accordance with the enclosed

We look forward to welcoming you to Keele.

Yours Sincerely,

Professor John Sloboda (Conference Chair)
Dr Susan O'’Neill  (Associate Chair)


Conference Themes:
Submissions relating to the following conference themes are encouraged,
although other topics will be considered. 

-  Music in popular culture and everyday life
-  Music as an aid to learning and well-being
-  Young people’s participation in and achievement in music
-  The study of music performance
-  Music and evolution
-  The human voice
-  Meaning in music
-  Gesture in music

Submissions are invited for four types of event:
1. Spoken papers     2. Poster papers      3. Demonstration papers     
4. Symposia

Spoken papers will be 30 minutes duration, comprising 20 minutes for
presentation, and 10 minutes for questions and discussion. 

Poster and demonstration papers will have equal status to spoken papers,
will appear in the conference programme, abstract book and proceedings,
and will have designated time-slots assigned to them. Demonstration papers
are those requiring special equipment with which readers must interact.
Authors are responsible for ensuring that the necessary equipment is
available, and their submission should include a full description of the
equipment and facilities needed. 

Symposia will consist of a set of integrated spoken papers related to a
theme. The total time allowed for symposia will be either 2 or 4 hours,
each 2 hour block usually consisting of four 25-minute papers and a
discussion (although variations from this pattern will be considered on
their merit). Symposia convenors should collect together abstracts for
each paper which must be in the required format outlined below and should
include an abstract for the entire symposium, stating the rationale for
the topic, the aims of the symposia, and the set of speakers proposed. A
discussant may be proposed, and/or a suggestion for an invited keynote
speaker associated with the symposium. 

Submission Procedure
All submissions must include a submission form and a structured abstract
which conforms to the instructions below. Submissions that are not
presented in the required format will be returned without being reviewed. 

1. Submission Form
A separate form must accompany each submission and must include the full
contact details of the first author. Authors should also indicate on the
submission form a general theme under which the paper might be grouped.
This can be taken from the list of conference themes above or a new theme
may be proposed. 

The submission form is available and can be completed on the conference
web site or you can request a
paper copy by contacting Antonia Ivaldi at the address below, giving your
full postal address. 

2. Structured Abstract
Abstracts must be in English and between 250 and 300 words in length. The
abstract must be typed and should not include references. Abstracts should
begin with a title in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, followed by the names and
affiliation of all authors. Abstracts should be structured with headings.
For empirical papers, the headings should include 1. Background 2. Aims 3.
Method 4. Results 5. Conclusions.  For theoretical/review papers, headings
should include 1. Background 2. Aims 3. Main Contribution 4. Implications.
Authors should indicate at the bottom of each abstract up to five key
words specifying the most important topics or content of the paper. 

Examples of structured abstracts for empirical (study/experiment) and
theoretical/review papers are provided on the conference web site

The Scientific Committee assisted by the Scientific Advisory Board will
assess suitability of submissions.  Membership of all conference
committees is given on the web site. 

The conference organisers must receive all submissions by 1 December 1999.
Notification of acceptance will be sent out in early February 2000. 

Papers may be presented in either English or French, however no
translation or interpretation facilities will be provided. All conference
proceedings and publications will be in English. 

Where to Send Submissions
Authors with access to a windows web-browser are encouraged to submit
papers electronically by following the instructions at the conference web

Abstracts can also be sent by electronic mail to

If electronic submission is not possible, sending an abstract on a
PC-formatted disc using any major word-processing package, or
rich-text-format, or ASCII is acceptable, provided a submission form
accompanies it. Submission forms and disks should be sent to Antonia
Ivaldi at the address below. 

Further information regarding the conference timetable, registration,
accommodation, costs etc is available on the conference web site, or by

Antonia Ivaldi, Conference Secretariat, ICMPC6, Department of Psychology,
Keele University, Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 5BG, UK. Email:
Fax: +44-1782 583387.