Cross-European Summer School On

Musical Ability

What is musical ability? How do we assess it in research and education? What insights do different disciplines offer? These questions will be central to the summer school that will consider these through presentations, methods training, and hands-on research practice.

15-17 July 2020

The summer school is distributed across different locations. Video-streamed presentations will be combined with face-to-face training and interaction. Experts from across Europe will contribute to the summer school.

Locations: Jyväskylä, Katowice, Sheffield, Venice

Research training for MA and PhD students with an interest in cognitive and educational aspects of musical ability

3 days of presentations and workshops

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About the cross-european school and the theme

This summer school is organised by

The European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music

It uses a semi-virtual conference format, originally developed for ICMPC15-ESCOM10

The semi-virtual conference format allows greater geographical participation at low financial and environmental cost, in line with ESCOM's climate policy.

Musical ability can be researched and understood from multiple perspectives: What beliefs do music students and educators hold about musical ability? How does this relate to the most recent findings in music cognition research? What techniques do teachers use to monitor and develop musical ability in diverse pupils? How adequate are methods of assessment of musical ability in research and education? What are the main debates in music cognition research related to musical ability? What insights do different disciplines offer with respect to these debates.

The summer school will offer interdisciplinary perspectives on musical ability through presentations, workshops and group research projects. Perspectives will range from evolutionary/biological and psychometric to educational and sociological.