MODAL Seminar Series

2014-2015 MODAL Seminar Series (Upcoming)

 

Monday, October 6th, 6:00- 8:00 pm- MODAL Research Group meeting

Dr. Rita Helena Gomes, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil

Still as Descartes: Thoughts on philosophy, education and arts.

Wednesday, October 29th, 10:00 am-12 pm- Live Webinar Lecture

Dr. Stephen Zdzinski, University of Miami, U.S.

A neuropsychological case study of two chromesthetic musicians 

Monday, November 10th- 6:00-8:00pm- MODAL Research Group meeting

Gordon Cobb, Simon Fraser University, PhD Candidate

Transformative music engagement through song writing and music video production: Youth perspectives

Wednesday, Nov 12th- 9:00-11:00 am- Live/Webinar Lecture 

Dr. Liora Bresler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.

Resonance, dissonance, and a three-proged connection: Lessons from the arts to qualitative research

Monday, November 24th, 6:00-8:00 pm- MODAL Research Group meeting

Jim Sparks, Simon Fraser University, PhD Candidate

Transformative Singing Engagement: Cross-Cultural and Pedagogical Implications

2013-2014 MODAL Seminar Series (Completed)

Dr. Yaroslav Senyshyn – Ethics and aesthetics: Are they one and the same?

Ethics and aesthetics: Are they one and the same?

By Yaroslav Senyshyn
Followed by a Round Table Discussion led by Senior Students from the Langley Fine Arts School

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 5:00 to 6:30pm
SFU Diamond Alumni Centre

From ancient times philosophers have debated the question of the relation between ethics and aesthetics. Wittgenstein in his Tractatus argues, ”it is clear that ethics cannot be put into words. Ethics is transcendental. (Ethics and aesthetics are one and the same) 6.421.” The purpose of this lecture is to defend Wittgenstein’s position.

Prof. Yaroslav (Slava) Senyshyn specializes in the area of music and aesthetic philosophy at Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education. In addition to his scholarly work he is also a Steinway Artist for Albany Records, New York.

Senior Students from the Langley Fine Arts School have been considering philosophical perspectives on aesthetic experience using dialogue and phenomenological approaches as part of a MODAL Research Group exploratory program in transformative arts engagement.

Deanna C. C. Peluso – Using an iPhone/iPod App to Capture Music and Multimodal Digital Media Engagement in the Daily Lives of Youth

Using an  App to Capture Music and Multimodal Digital Media Engagement in the Daily Lives of Youth 

Thursday, Sept 26- 4:00-6:00pm

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.

Deanna C. C. Peluso is the Project Manager for Multimodal Opportunities and Diversity in Artistic Learning (MODAL) Research Group and Research for Youth, Music and Education (RYME). She is also a Ph.D. Candidate in the Arts Education program at Simon Fraser University, where her research brings together her background and interests in music education, media literacy, positive psychology, and multimodal literacy. She has published and disseminated her research surrounding youth musical activities through digital media at conferences and in scholarly journals on the international and national scale. Deanna’s research background compliments her practical experience as a composer, artist, musician and mobile technology specialist.

Gordon Cobb – Transformative music engagement through song writing and music video production: Youth perspectives

Monday, November 10th- 6:00-8:00pm

Gordon Cobb, Simon Fraser University, PhD Candidate

Transformative music engagement through song writing and music video production: Youth perspectives

Jim Sparks – Transformative Singing Engagement: Cross-Cultural and Pedagogical

Transformative Singing Engagement: Cross-Cultural and Pedagogical
Thursday, Dec 5- 4:00-6:00pm- MODAL Research Group meeting
Presentation: Jim Sparks, Doctoral Candidate (SFU)

Dr. Jon Skidmore – The psychological skills of music performance

Wednesday, Sept 11- 9:00-11:00am

Webinar Lecture Dr. Jon Skidmore, Brigham Young University, Utah
The psychological skills of music performance: The missing link in the training of performing artists

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! I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of your webinar. I will be looking forward to hearing from you.

Jon Skidmore holds a B.S. in Psychology from Utah State University, a M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance from Brigham Young University, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist and performance coach since 1993. Dr. Skidmore is a faculty member at Brigham Young University, where he teaches the course “The Psychology of Music Performance”, focusing on the mental skills of peak performance.

Dr. Margaret Barrett – Children’s invented song-making: the foundations of creative thought and practice

Wednesday, Oct 2- 4:00-6:00pm- Webinar Lecture
Dr. Margaret Barrett, University of Queensland, Australia
Children’s invented song-making: the foundations of creative thought and practice

Zara Pierre-Vaillancourt

Thursday, Oct 17- 4:00-6:00pm- MODAL Research Group meeting
Presentation: Zara Pierre-Vaillancourt, Doctoral Candidate (Laval University)

Dr. Susan O’Neill – Transformative music engagement: Making music learning matter

Wednesday, Oct 30- 9:00-11:00am- Live/Webinar Lecture
Dr. Susan O’Neill
Transformative music engagement: Making music learning matter

Dr. Aaron Williamon – Facing the music: An investigation of musicians’ physical and mental responses

Wednesday, Nov 6- 9:00-11:00am- Webinar Lecture
Dr. Aaron Williamon, Royal College of Music, London
Facing the music: An investigation of musicians’ physical and mental responses

Dr. Yaroslav Senyshyn – Changing attitudes and teaching strategies in music education classrooms to bring out the best in our students and teachers

Wednesday, Nov 13- 9:00-11:00am- Live/Webinar Lecture
Prof. Slava Senyshyn
Changing attitudes and teaching strategies in music education classrooms to bring out the best in our students and teachers