Yaroslav Senyshyn

Biography

Yaroslav (Slava) Senyshyn’s academic background (with separate, graduate degrees in music performance and philosophy) and his research interests have been consistently related to interdisciplinary research in arts and moral education. His method of philosophical analysis draws mainly, but not exclusively, on an existential-phenomenological approach. More recently, his work included a discursive analysis of students’ discourse related to performance anxiety that combined a theoretical exploration of social constructionism based on Wittgenstein’s philosophy. Within these broad parameters he has focused on various specific topics related to creative performance, teaching and music aesthetics vis-à-vis co-authorship of musical texts, subjectivity, objectivity, and anxiety in the moral-aesthetic fabric of society. Musical concerns have acted as analogies for interdisciplinary and curricular-theoretical educational issues.

His most recent experience as President of SFUFA (Simon Fraser University Faculty Association) and his role on the CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers) Executive for three years (2006-2009) has allowed him a further ethical dimension under the auspices of moral and aesthetic concerns into national and international problems of governmental authoritarianism in higher education. These interests were already evident in his research explorations. For example, he explored educational and governmental authoritarianism vis-à-vis the Research Assessment Exercise in the United Kingdom.

He has published extensively in international and national journals such as the Philosophy of Music Education Review (most published author in that international journal in the philosophy and aesthetics of music), Musica-Realta, Interchange, the Journal of Educational Thought, Educational Leadership and the Canadian Journal of Education.

Education

Date Degree Program University
1992 Ed.D. Philosophy of Education Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
1976 B.Ed. Education University of Toronto
1975 M.Mus. Music Performance University of Toronto
1973 M.Mus. Music Performance University of Western Ontario

Selected Publications (Since September 1994)

Refereed Papers
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Respecting students, acquiring humility, and ignoring the curriculum”. Journal of Educational Thought, 45(2), 145-163, (2012).
  • Abramson, N. and Senyshyn, Y. “Effective Punishment Through Forgiveness: Rediscovering Kierkegaard’s Knight of Faith in the Abraham Story”. Organization Studies, 31: 555-581, May 2010.
  • Abramson, N. and Senyshyn, Y. (Authors alphabetically listed) “Punishment and Forgiveness: A Phenomenological Analysis of Archetypal Leadership Patterns and the Implications for Educational Practice ” Interchange, Vol. 40/4, 1-30, 2009.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Wittgenstein and the Aesthetics of Educational Administration: Philosophical Biography and Thought”. Published 2009 Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations (JEAF); Volume 19, No. 1, 2009.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “The Good and its Relation to Music Education.” Philosophy of Music Education Review, Vol. 17, No. 2, 80-93, Fall, 2008.
  • Abramson, N. and Senyshyn, Y. Effective Punishment Through Forgiveness: Rediscovering Kierkegaard’s Knight of Faith in the Abraham Story (under review with Organization Studies).
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Understanding and Working with Performance Anxiety in Education” (under review).
  • Senyshyn, Y. “ ‘Once Upon a time in the West’: Opera and Soundscape” (in preparation).
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Respecting Students, Acquiring Humility and Ignoring the Curriculum” (under review).
  • Senyshyn, Y. “The Hegelian Exhaustiblity of Art and Danto’s End of Philosophy: Existential Thought and Polymetric Music in Di Cicco’s Poetry” (Volume 18 (2004/2005) of Italian Canadiana (University of Toronto) 37-48.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Rise of Authoritarianism in Higher Education: A Critical Analysis of the Research Assessment Exercise in British Universities”. (Vol. 39, #3 Winter, December 2005 of the Journal of Educational Thought, Pages 229 – 244).
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Old Texts and Opera—Inciting Students to Read ”. (Educational Leadership, April 2005, Volume 62, No. 7, Pages 74 to 77: “The Adolescent Learner”).
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Musical Aphorisms and Common Aesthetic Quandaries”. Philosophy of Music Education Review, Vol. 11, No. 2, Pages 4 to 21, Fall, 2003.
  • Senyshyn, Y. & Vezina, D. “Wittgenstein, Collingwood and the Aesthetic and Ethical Conundrum of the Opera”. Philosophy of Music Education Review, Vol. 10, No. 1, Pages 27 to 35, Spring, 2002.
  • Senyshyn, Y. & O’Neill, S. “Subjective Experience of Anxiety and Musical Performance: A Relational Perspective”. Philosophy of Music Education Review, Vol. 9, No. 1: 42-53, Spring, 2001.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “A Kierkegaardian Perspective on Society and the Status of the Individual as a Performing Musician”. Philosophy of Music Education Review, Vol. 7, No. 2, 80-93, Fall, 1999.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “The Passionate Teacher and the Curriculum Police: Perspectives on Modes of Subjectivity and the Curriculum as Art”. Journal of Educational Thought, 153-173, August, 1999, Vol. 33, #2.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Perspectives on Performance and Anxiety and their Implications for Creative Teaching.” The Canadian Journal of Education, Volume 24, Number 1, Pages 30 to 41, Winter 1999.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Computational Thinking and Cognitive Hangovers” The International Society for the Study of Music Education: Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 135-138, Summer, 1999, No. 141.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Opera and Co-authorship: Implications for Ethics and Aesthetics”. Musica-Realta, N° 55, marzo 1998.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Kierkegaardian Implications of Punishment, Guilt and Forgiveness for Education”. Interchange, Vol. 29/4, 425-437, 1998.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Kierkegaard’s Aesthetic Stage of Existence and its Relation to Live Musical Performance.” Philosophy of Music Education Review, Vol. 4, No. 1, 50-63, 1996.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “‘The Crisis’: The Practical Realization of Kierkegaard’s Aesthetic Philosophy”. Interchange, Vol. 26/3, 257-264, 1995.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Kierkegaard, Musical Performance and the Relation and Differentiation of the Sexes”. Interchange, Vol. 26/2, 105-126, 1995.
Refereed Book Chapters
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Subjectivity Revisited: Passion as Truth in Music Education”. In Eunshik Choi and Myng-sook Auh (Eds.), “Searching for a New Paradigm of Music Education Research”. Editors: The Korean Music Education Society, Hawoo Publishers. 1998.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Popular Music and the Intolerant Classroom” in Questioning the Music Education Paradigm Published by the Canadian Music Educators’ Association as Volume 2 of The Biennial Series, Research to Practice, Lee R. Bartel, Series Editor. Toronto: 2004, Pages 110-120.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Philosophy and Music in the Art of a Poet” in The last effort of dreams Published by Wilfrid Laurier Press. Francesco Loriggio, editor Waterloo: November 2007, 228 pp. ISBN: 1-55458-019-6 ISBN13: 978-1-55458-019-4
  • Senyshyn, Y. Chapter 3: Kierkegaard, emotion, and the individual: passion of the infinite as the truth for educational leadership pp. 41-52 Emotional Dimensions of Educational Administration and Leadership Edited by Eugenie A. Samier and Michèle Schmidt in First published 2009 by Routledge 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN.
  • O’Neill, S. and Senyshyn, Y. “Philosophical and Psychological Learning Theories: How They Shape Our Understanding of Musical Learning” (book chapter to appear in: Colwell, R. and Webster, P. (forthcoming). MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning. New York: Oxford University Press). Published Conference Papers (Refereed)
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Anxiety and Memory in Live Musical Performance” published in the Proceedings of the APSCOM 2 (The Second International Conference of Asia Pacific Society for The Cognitive Science of Music) held in Seoul, Korea from August 4 – 6, 2005, pages 190-194, ISBN 89-5708-090-2.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “The Philosophy and Psychology of Performance Anxiety and its Subjective, Relational, and Discursive Potentiality” Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Sydney, 2002, 117-120. C. Stevens, D. Burnham, G. McPherson, E. Schubert, J. Renwick (Eds.). Adelaide: Causal Productions. ISBN 1 876346 39 6
  • Senyshyn, Y. “Wittgenstein, Music and Colour: Implications of Scientism and Inwardness”. Toward Scientific Literacy: The History and Philosophy of Science and Science Teaching” Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference, Canada, June 21-24, 1997. Edited by Linda Lentz and Ian Winchester. Faculty of Education, University of Calgary Publications, 671-681 (CD of Conference Proceedings: 1999).

Books

  • Senyshyn, Y. Upside Down and Inside Out: a Fresh Look at Teachers and Teaching in Education (In preparation)
  • Senyshyn, Y. A Tractatus of Music (In preparation).
  • Senyshyn, Y. The Artist in Crisis (Under review)
  • Senyshyn, Y. Essential Issues in Music Performance (In preparation).

Essay Reviews

  • Senyshyn, Y. “Essay Review of Plato: His Precursors, His Educational Philosophy, and His Legacy By Robin Barrow, London: The Continuum International Publishing Group, 2007. Paideusis, Volume 17, No. 2, pp. 91-98, 2008.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “ESSAY REVIEW: CREATIVITY IN SPORT: Originality, Transformation, Indeterminacy, and New Concepts in the Arts” by author, John Eisenberg, with contributions from Malcom Levin, Michael Eben, Herbert Eisenberg, Michael Katz, Stan Adamson, David Cheifetz, Mark Hanna, Bob Moffat, The Triumph of Imagination: Creativity in Sport, (Toronto: Chestnut Publishing Group, 2004), 174 pp., ISBN 1-894601-07-6 (in press with the Journal of Educational Thought).
  • Senyshyn, Y. “A Critical Notice Of Remembering Horowitz: 125 Pianists Recall a Legend” compiled and edited by David Dubal, New York: Schirmer Books, 1993, xxix + 383 pages “Horowitz and the Enigma of Art”. Interchange, Vol. 27/1, 79-84, 1996.
  • Senyshyn, Y. “A Critical Notice of The Limits of Reason: Indeterminacy in Law, Education, and Morality” by John A. Eisenberg, Toronto: OISE Press, 1992, vii + 184 pages “Reason as Crapshoot”. Interchange, Vol. 24/3, 317-321, 1993.

Articles

  • Senyshyn, Y. “Methods and Music Education: Entering the Secret Places of the Soul”. Educators at Work, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Summer 1995, 6-7. DVD DISKS
  • A Lecture Recital April 2008 on “Performance Anxiety” at Von Kuster Hall: The University of Western Ontario, London ® and © 2009, DVD Platon Promotions.
    The Best of Senyshyn and O’Neill, A Joint Recital at von Kuster Hall” ® and © 2009, DVD Platon Promotions.

Compact Discs

  • “Yaroslav Senyshyn Plays Rachmaninoff Preludes and Etudes-Tableaux” 2012. iTunes
  • “Yaroslav Senyshyn and Susan O’Neill at Von Kuster Hall: A Joint Recital Commemorating The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Music’s 40th Anniversary” London ® and © 2009, Platon Promotions.
  • “Yaroslav Senyshyn at Tabaret Hall”, Ottawa ® and © 2008, Platon Promotions.
  • “Yaroslav Senyshyn: The Poet”, Ann Arbor ® and © 2007, Platon Promotions.
  • “Yaroslav Senyshyn Live at the University of Michigan”, Ann Arbor ® and © 2002, Platon Records & Music Videos.
  • “Yaroslav Senyshyn Live at the John F. Kennedy Center”, ® and © 2001, Platon Records.
  • “Yaroslav Senyshyn “Soundings” Recorded at Taxi Stand, Produced by Richard DuBeau © 2000.
  • “Yaroslav Senyshyn Plays Schumann, Tschaikovsky and Liszt”, ® and © 1999, Platon Records.
  • “Yaroslav Senyshyn Plays Cochrane and Schubert”, Taxi Stand/Donco Records, ® and © 1998.
  • “Yaroslav Senyshyn Live” at a piano recital to commemorate the joining of OISE with the University of Toronto, October 10, 1996.® and © 1997, Platon Records, YSCD-001.

Major Piano Recitals in the Last Few Years:

  • In March 2009, Yaroslav Senyshyn and Susan O’Neill-Senyshyn gave an invited lecture-recital at St.Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick entitled Performance Anxiety and the Emergent Self.
  • Gave a Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, Larysa Kuzmenko recital with Susan O’Neill-Senyshyn on Friday, May 2nd, 2008 at 8:00pm at Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, (“A Benefit Concert for Discovery University & its Courses for the Homeless & Low-Income“).
  • Gave a Chopin, Franck, Liszt recital with Susan O’Neill-Senyshyn on Friday, April 27th, 2007 at 8:00pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Ottawa (a Benefit Concert for Discovery University).
  • Gave a Chopin/Liszt Etude recital April 2, 2008 at Von Kuster Hall at the University of Western Ontario, London. Ontario.
  • Gave a Liszt, Kuzmenko, Franck, Ibert recital October 31, 2008 at the University of Western Ontario, London.
  • Gave a Joint Lecture and Recital on Understanding Performance Anxiety Through an Emergent Self on March 27, 2009 and featuring Liszt, Kuzmenko, and Franck with Dr. Susan O’Neill-Senyshyn at Saint Thomas University.
  • Gave an all-Liszt recital shared equally on January 27th, 2007 at the Massey Theatre, Vancouver with Chandos recording pianist Alan Kogosowski.

Projects: Funding Received

Date Type Project title Total
2008-2011 SSHRC Standard Research Grant (Principal Investigator: Dr. Susan O’Neill; Co-Investigator: Dr. Yaroslav Senyshyn) Youth Participation in Music Funding: SSHRC $94,000.00
2008-2009 Research Stipend Anxiety and Theories of the Self in Live Musical Performance Funding: Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) $12,000.00
2007-2008 Research Stipend Anxiety and Understanding Cultural Diversity Through Music Funding: Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) $11,000.00
2006-2007 Research Stipend Project title: Anxiety and Time and Identity in Music Performance Funding: Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) $11,000.00
2005 Travel Grant to Seoul, Korea Anxiety and Memory in Live Musical Performance Funding: SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada) $1500.00
2002 Travel Grant to Sydney, Australia The Philosophy and Psychology of Performance Anxiety and its Subjective, Relational, and Discursive Potentiality Funding: SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada) $1500.00
1999–2000 Principal Investigator with Co-investigator: Dr Susan O’Neill, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Keele University, UK An Inter-Disciplinary Approach to Anxiety and Musical Performance (Research Assistant (part-time): Danielle Vezina, Department of Education, Simon Fraser University) Funding: SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada) $4975.00
1997 Travel Grant to Seoul, Korea Subjectivity Revisited: Passion as Truth in Music Education Funding: SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada) $1000.00
1995-1996 Principal Investigator Co-Authorship and Music Education Funding: President’s Research Grant, Simon Fraser University $7600.00

Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, Keynote Speaker Invitations and Talks

October 6, 2009 Special presentation in Karen Kurnaedy’s PDP Arts Module class entitled “Facing Practicum with Anxiety”.
July 2008 Refereed paper entitled “Diversity And Communication Technology In the Music Culture of Ukraine And The West: Music Semiology for all Musical Cultures and its Discursive Potentiality”. Paper given for the 28th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education which took place in Bologna, Italy from July 20-25th, 2008
April 2008 A Keynote Address for a Lecture Recital April 2008 on “Performance Anxiety” at Von Kuster Hall: The University of Western Ontario, London.
April 2006 Refereed paper given for the AERA (American Educational Research Association) conference in San Francisco entitled: “Punishment, Forgiveness and Accountability in the Public Interest”.
September 2005 Gave a Welcoming Address for our New Faculty Orientation Program (Academic Relations, Simon Fraser University) Friday, September 2, 2005.
August 2005 Gave a refereed paper for a conference entitled “Anxiety and Memory in Live Musical Performance” for APSCOM 2 (the Second International Conference of the Asia-Pacific Society for the Cognitive Science of Music). August 4 – 6, 2005, Seoul, Korea.
May 2005 Participated in a sympoisum entitled ‘Rewarding University Teaching; A Panel Discussion,” Thursday, May 19th in the 7th Annual Symposium on Innovative Teaching 2005: Reaching New Heights of Learning at Simon Fraser University, Halpern Centre and Maggie Benston Centre, SFU Burnaby. May 18-20. http://www.sfu.ca/symposium2005.
May 2005 Gave a Welcoming Address for CURAC: “Continuing a Professional Life after Retirement” and the Annual General Meeting and Conference Thursday, May 12.
July 2004 Gave a refereed paper for a conference on Thursday, July 15 entitled “Teaching Popular Music” for The Arts, Culture and Education Institute at Simon Fraser University, July 12 – 23, 2004.
October 2003 A respondent for a Music Symposium entitled Music Education: Research, Policy, Practice held at the Royal College of Music, London, United Kingdom and chaired by Dr. Janet Mills.
Nov. 2002 A Keynote Address for Conference and Festscrrift in Honourt of Carol Midgley, Professor of Education, held at the University of Michigan.
July 2002 ICMPC7 (The Seventh International Conference of Music Psychology In Cognition) to be held at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Refereed Paper given and published entitled ‘A Cultural Approach to Music Philosophy and Performance vis-à-vis Sociology of Music, Social Construction, Perception and Preference: The Philosophy and Psychology of Performance Anxiety and its Subjective, Relational, and Discursive Potentiality’. As well, acted as a symposium convenor.
Nov. 2000
A Keynote Address on the topic of “Anxiety and Music Performance” at Keele University, United Kingdom for the “Unit for the Study of Musical Skill and Development” in a lecture series entitled: “Music Psychology Research Seminars”.
Sept. 2000 Taught a graduate course toward a Master of Science degree in Music Psychology from September till December, 2000, entitled “Module 2.2: Elements of Musical Structure” at Keele University, United Kingdom.
June 2000 Lectures and Seminars the week of June 12-16 on music education and secondary education at The Hong Kong Institute of Education: School of Creative Arts, Sciences, and Technology. My topics were specifically entitled “Negative and Positive Anxiety in Music Education” and “Creativity, Punishment, Flexibility and Individuality in Secondary School Education”.
June 2000 Refereed Paper given for the Philosophy of Music Education Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom entitled: “Anxiety and Music Performance”.
May 2000 Refereed Paper given for the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (London Branch) at the London Institute of Education: “The Merit of Anxiety and the Discursive Mind in Education”.
March 2000 Taught a graduate course entitled “Musical Development” with Dr Susan O‘Neill, Senior Lecturer, Keele University, from March 6-10, 2000 at the Centro di Investigacao em Psicologia da Musica e Educacao Musical (CIPEM), Instituto Politecnico do Porto, Portugal. My teaching area was specifically entitled “The Role of Creativity in Musical Development: Creativity in the Schools: Underlying Theory and Rationale”.
July 1998 Refereed Paper given for the Seventeenth International Research Seminar at Johannesburg, South Africa, 11-18 July 1998. Senyshyn, Y. “Computational Thinking and Cognitive Hangovers”.
May 1998 Refereed Paper given for the Canadian Society for Aesthetics Conference and the Canadian University Music Society, Learneds, Ottawa, Ontario, 1998. Senyshyn, Y. “Rationality’s Greatest Asset and its Implicit Surrender to Subjectivity”.
August 1997 Refereed Paper given for the First Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research (sponsored by The International Society for the Study of Music Education in Seoul, Korea, August 1997). Senyshyn, Y. “Subjectivity Revisited: Passion as Truth in Music Education”.
June 1997 Refereed Paper given for the Canadian Society of Aesthetics, Learneds, St. John’s, Newfoundland, June 1997. Senyshyn, Y. “Co-authorship of Musical Texts and the Ritualization of Musical Performance”.
June 1997 Refereed Paper given for the History and Philosophy of Science and Science Teaching, International Group, Calgary, June, 1997. Senyshyn, Y. “Wittgenstein, Music and Colour: Implications of Scientism and Inwardness”.
February 1997 Paper given for the Festival of Italian Contemporary Music: A Homage to Italian and Canadian Composers. Senyshyn, Y. “Opera and Co-authorship: Implications for Ethics and Aesthetics”.
September 1994 From 1994 till 1998 I had given eight lectures at OISE, University of Toronto at the invitation of Professor John Eisenberg. Ten lectures were given at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Some of the topics for OISE: Kierkegaard and Nietzsche’s Influence on Education and Creativity; The Relevance of Subjectivity for Education; Wittgenstein and Scientism; Subjectivity and Objectivity in Education; The Limits of Reason and Cognitive Thinking; Creativity and Kierkegaard; The Artist and Education. Some of the topics for UBC: Kierkegaard and Music Education; Keith Swanwick’s Approach to Music Education; Phenomenology and Music Education.