RMA Study Day: Researching music as process: methods and approaches

RMA Study Day: Researching music as process: methods and approaches
Friday 22 November 2013, 9am-5.30pm
Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

Registration is open and must be booked online by 5pm Tuesday 19th November.
Delegate rate: £10 (includes attendance fees and tea/coffee breaks)
Free for RMA members and Oxford University Music Faculty students
Lunch will be provided for an additional £5 (optional, but recommended)

Please visit www.music.ox.ac.uk/musicasprocess to download the study day schedule and to register your attendance. If you have any questions or difficulty with the registration process, please email Cayenna Ponchione and Emily Payne at musicasprocess@gmail.com.

Framed by papers from Professor Eric Clarke (University of Oxford) and Dr Jason Toynbee (Open University), this Royal Musical Association (RMA) Study Day will bring together researchers investigating the creative process in music from diverse disciplines, including sociology, ethnomusicology, psychology and anthropology, with the aim of discussing recent developments in the study of musical action, interaction, dynamism and change.

This concern to understand musical workings rather than the musical work – music as verb rather than noun – reflects a broader performative shift in musicology over the past thirty years. With this turn, however, have emerged various epistemological and methodological challenges. How can we make sense of music when there remain many hurdles to our measuring, accounting for and interpreting music and musical experience in its all changeability and flux?

This study day will provide a forum for academics and postgraduate students to present their research and to discuss the potential challenges and advantages of their approaches from a number of interdisciplinary viewpoints.

RMA Study Day

Researching music as process: methods and approaches

Friday 22 November 2013

Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

Framed by papers from Professor Eric Clarke (University of Oxford) and Dr Jason Toynbee (Open University), this Royal Musical Association Study Day will bring together researchers investigating the creative process in music from diverse disciplines, including sociology, ethnomusicology, psychology and anthropology, with the aim of discussing recent developments in the study of musical action, interaction, dynamism and change.

This concern to understand musical workings rather than the musical work – music as verb rather than noun – reflects a broader performative shift in musicology over the past thirty years. With this turn, however, have emerged various epistemological and methodological challenges. How can we make sense of music when there remain many hurdles to our measuring, accounting for and interpreting music and musical experience in its all changeability and flux?

This study day will provide a forum for academics and postgraduate students to present their research and to discuss the potential challenges and advantages of their approaches from a number of interdisciplinary viewpoints.

 Call for Papers

Proposals are invited for papers and posters which engage with one of the suggested topics below.

  • Phenomenologies of music
  • Documenting the creative process
  • Sociological and psychological investigations of performance and composition
  • Sociological and psychological studies of music production and consumption
  • Ethnomusicological or anthropological approaches to musical processes

Please submit proposals of up to 250 words for 20 minute papers (followed by 10 minutes of discussion) on any of the suggested topics, or on any other topic relating to the theme of the study day. Proposals should be sent to conference organisers Cayenna Ponchione and Emily Payne at musicasprocess@gmail.com and include your name, institution and audio/visual requirements.

The deadline for proposals is Friday 2 August.

 www.music.ox.ac.uk/musicasprocess

Committee Members:
Cayenna Ponchione, Emily Payne, Eric Clarke, Mark Doffman

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