Call for Papers

   Musicology Research Journal

ISSN 2515-981X

Issue 6 (for Spring 2019)

‘New Musical Explorations:
Readings in Psychology, Therapy, and Pedagogy'
As part of the Musicology Research Series, this edited volume (available as an open-access e-Journal and as online articles) aims to explore the role of music in the fields of psychology, therapy, and pedagogy, to be published in Spring 2019. The volume will include discussions examining the psychological uses and effects of music (in a range of contexts), how music can be used in therapeutic practice (music therapy and Arts & Health contexts), and finally new uses and functions of music in educational settings. In short, the volume will offer studies considering the relationship between music and people at the interdisciplinary intersection(s) with the mind and cognition, human behaviour, creativity, well-being, healthcare practices, theories and methods, educational development, and curriculum. Thus, suggested themes to be explored may include, but are not limited to:

Music and Psychology

– In general, how does music impact upon society and the 21st-century day-to-day life across generations?

– What are the psychological impacts of music in consumer settings, including business, enterprise, marketing, advertisement, and media etc.?

– What are the psychological impacts of music in performance-based settings, including sports, competition, motivation etc.?

– What are the psychological impacts of music in cyber-spatial settings, including social media and networking, online behaviours and digital anthropology, viral trends in memes, vines etc.?

– What new methods are being explored/theorised at the intersection between music and psychology?

Music and Therapy

– What new studies are evolving at the forefront of research in the therapeutic arts and music, and what new approaches/methods are being developed in applied music therapy?

– How, and to what extent, is music and therapeutic practice being explored internationally and between cultures?

– How is music being used in the Arts and Health sector to facilitate workshops with individuals with depression, stress and anxiety (e.g. PTSD, PND, trauma etc.)

– How is musical composition, performance and improvisation used in therapeutic practice, when working with a range of clients/patients across all ages, from children to adults, and what are the most recent recorded benefits?

– What new methods are being explored/theorised at the intersection between music and therapy?

Music and Pedagogy

– How is music being used as a developmental and creative tool in the teaching and learning (of a range of subjects) in pre-school and primary school?

– How are studies in music composition and performance being taught at secondary education and further education levels, both in the UK and internationally, and what issues are arising?

– How is the teaching and learning of music (and other music-orientated studies) in Higher Education/University (undergraduate and postgraduate) changing within the ever-transforming political and economic climate of HE?

– What new areas of study are developing and being taught in the field of music, (including developments in music psychology, sociology, therapy, ethnomusicology, etc.) and how will these areas inform our future HE climate and BA/BMus/MA/MMus/MPhil/PhD programmes/courses?

– What new methods are being explored/theorised at the intersection between music and pedagogy?
Other topics may include psychology and musical performance, music and creativity, music and synaesthesia, music and consciousness, music and phenomena (including paranormal phenomena), music and perception, (including within in film, TV, games, and apps), psychoacoustics, and music processing and cognition. The volume aims to bring together scholars working at the intersection of music, sciences and social sciences. We especially encourage contributions from Postgraduates, PhD students, post-Doctoral Assistants, Associates and Scholars, and Early-Career Researchers. Applications should be made in the form of a submission of an abstract (no longer than 300 words) for publication of a paper no longer than 5000 words. Applications should be made online at: .

All abstracts will be considered by the editorial board. Candidates will be notified by the end of April of the outcome of their submission. For further information, or to make an informal enquiry, please contact Dr James Williams ( [email protected]) (Music & Therapeutic Arts, University of Derby) who is leading this specific volume in collaboration with Dr Emma Sharpe (Psychology, University of Derby), Dr Caroline Waddington-Jones (Music & Therapeutic Arts, Music Psychology, University of Hull and University of Derby) and Sarah Mawby (Music Psychology, University of Leeds).

Abstracts should be submitted no later than Friday 2 February 2018.
James Williams (Lead Editor)                          E-mail: [email protected]
Emma Sharpe (co-Editor)                                E-mail: [email protected]
Caroline Waddington-Jones (co-Editor)         E-mail: [email protected]
Sarah Mawby (co-Editor)                                 E-mail: [email protected]