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New music cognition website

Dear colleagues,

Happy new year!  I am pleased to announce a completely
updated website for the Society for Music Perception & Cognition (SMPC):


Among other things, the site contains:

1. Upcoming conferences in the field of music cognition

2. A Google map of music cognition labs (under "Resources")

3. SMPC's YouTube channel (suggestions for further content are welcome)

If you are interested in music cognition, please consider joining SMPC. 
It's just $41 for a two-year membership, and members receive a biweekly
digest with information on jobs, graduate and postdoc opportunities,
conferences, etc.  You can join via the website.

Also, if you teach a course in music cognition, and would like to have the
syllablus posted on our website as a resource for other faculty and for
prospective students, please send a pdf of your most recent syllabus to:
webmaster@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  We will post syllabli on our "Courses in
Music Cognition" page.

Please make sure your syllabus has your name, the name of the course, and
the department and institution in which it is offered.  Please also
indicate the date when this course was last taught (e.g., "Fall 2009").

Please use this format in the subject line: "Syllabus, {city,

Ex: "Syllabus, San Diego, UCSD"


Ani Patel
President, SMPC

Aniruddh D. Patel, Ph.D.
Esther J. Burnham Senior Fellow
The Neurosciences Institute
10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive
San Diego, CA 92121



Example of SMPC biweekly digest:

SMPC Biweekly Digest -- 2010.12.03
1.        Tenure-Track Position, Assistant Professor Level in Music Theory
/ Music
Cognition ¨C McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
2.        Six Postdoctoral Research Positions ¨C Macquarie University,
Sydney, Australia
3.        Second Call for Participation: Conference on Mathematics and
Computation in
Music, June 15-17, 2011 ¨C Paris, France

For additional information regarding related news and events, check out
our website:

(Note: any SMPC members who wish to "opt out" of the biweekly digests can
send an email to tbergeso@xxxxxxxxxxx with "SMPC digest - opt out" as the
line.  All SMPC members will continue to be notified of important

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*** Tenure-Track Position, Assistant Professor Level ***

The School of the Arts at McMaster University is seeking an outstanding
for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to
commence July
1, 2011. Specific areas of expertise are in Music Theory and Music Cognition.
Candidates must have a doctoral degree in music or psychology, and
potential for leading a strong research program in Music Theory and/or Music
Cognition. A deep understanding of music and psychology is essential, and
university-level teaching experience is desirable.

McMaster University is a research intensive university based in Hamilton,
(40 miles from Toronto and 70 miles from Buffalo, NY).  The Faculty of
Humanities is
in the midst of a revitalization, with a strong commitment to the
Cognitive Science
of Music and Language.  The university currently houses three independent
cognition labs, and hosts an annual Music and the Mind workshop bringing
leaders in music cognition to campus for lectures, concerts, and an all-day
scientific workshop.  McMaster is in the process of constructing a new $6
CFI-funded concert hall/research facility offering virtual acoustics
technology and
touchpad responses on each of the venue¡¯s 100 seats.

It is expected that the successful candidate will contribute to the
creation of a graduate program in Music Cognition and Music Education by
expertise in music theory/cognition.
Applicants are encouraged to provide evidence of their suitability for
this goal
with respect to their research and/or teaching experience. It is expected
that the
successful candidate's interests and abilities will build upon existing
strengths at
McMaster in Music Theory, Music Cognition, Perception, Neuroscience and
Cognitive Science by using one (or more) of these fields to inform their

In addition to developing and maintaining an active research profile of
international stature, the candidate will be expected to teach core
music courses in music theory, and contribute to course offerings in the
graduate program.  The precise nature of participation in the graduate
program will
depend upon strengths and interests of the successful applicant.  Sample
contributions to this could include  (1) A course surveying research on
cognitive roots of music theory, (2) a seminar on research methodology in
music, or
(3) a graduate seminar in music theory informed by readings in music
perception/cognition.   Additionally, interest and/or experience in
designing a
seminar on theory pedagogy (training graduate students to teach music
theory) would
also be highly desirable.  Other teaching responsibilities will reflect the
strengths of the successful candidate, and could include musicology, music
education, conducting, composition, keyboard harmony, aural skills, etc.
should include a letter of application, full CV including a list of
publications, a
research statement outlining future research goals/plans, and a statement of
teaching interests. Candidates should arrange to have three confidential
letters of
reference sent directly to the address below.

Applications and supporting documentation should be clearly marked ¡°Music
Theory/Music Cognition position¡± and addressed to:
Dr. Keith Kinder, Director
School of the Arts
McMaster University
1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada L8S 4M2

Complete applications, including supporting documents, which are received
by January
31, 2011, will be assured of consideration.

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***Postdoctoral Research Fellows ***
ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD)
Macquarie University, Sydney

Six or more positions are available for outstanding early career
researchers to join
the new ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD). The
appointees will carry out and publish research in one or more domains of
or its disorders, assist in PhD supervision and contribute to the
intellectual life
of the Centre.

These postdoctoral positions at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition
and its
Disorders (CCD) represent exciting and unique opportunities to conduct
research in a
newly--©\formed ARC--©\funded Centre of Excellence. The Centre will be a
hub of
research in Australia for the study of cognition and cognitive disorders,
state--©\of--©\the--©\art research facilities, an unparalleled combination of
outstanding Australian researchers and international partner
investigators, and
involving leading representatives from major industries and health
across Australia.

The appointees will have a PhD or equivalent submitted prior to the
commencement of
the Fellowship. Their research program will be consistent with the goals
of the
Centre, which are to advance knowledge in: (1) basic theory and research in
cognitive science, (2) theory©\driven accounts of cognitive disorders, (3)
treatment of cognitive disorders, and (4) the neural basis of cognition
and its
disorders. Preference may be given to applicants with research expertise
in the
domains of reading, language and belief formation, or their associated

Applicants will have a strong track record relative to career stage,
publications and/or conference presentations. The level of appointment
will be
dependent on qualifications and experience.

Enquiries: For further information about the positions, please contact
Stephen Crain (stephen.crain@xxxxxxxxx), Professor Anne Castles
(anne.castles@xxxxxxxxx) or Professor Max Coltheart
(max.coltheart@xxxxxxxxx). The
positions are available from January 2011 for a period of three years,
with a one
year probationary period.
?        Package: (Level A) base salary $68,817 to (Level B) base salary
$92,103 pa, plus
annual leave loading and 17% employer¡¯s superannuation
?        Appointment Type: Full--©\time fixed--©\ term for 3 years ?
 Applications Close: 12 December 2010

Applications must be submitted via the Macquarie University Online
System, Reference 015VY

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*** Second Call for Participation (with updates) ***

The Third International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music
2011) will take place June 15-17, 2011 at IRCAM, the Institute for
Research and
Coordination of Acoustics and Music in Paris, France. MCM 2011 will be
into IRCAM¡¯s most important artistic event of the season, the Agora Music
which is running from June 8 to 18, 2011. As in the case of the first two
conferences (which took place in 2007 in Berlin and in 2009 at Yale
University), the
third Mathematics and Computation in Music Conference aims to provide a
multi-disciplinary platform dedicated to the communication and exchange of
amongst researchers involved in mathematics, computer science, music theory,
composition, musicology, or other related disciplines.  The two Keynote
will be the renowned composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, founder and
director of IRCAM, and Fields medalist Alain Connes. The conference will be
accompanied by a series of conference-related artistic events (concerts,
exhibitions, workshops) organized in collaboration with some of the most
cultural and educational centers of  France, such as the Centre Pompidou and
Universcience. MCM2011 is organized under the auspices of the SMF (French
Mathematical Society), CiE (Computability in Europe), ESMA (European
Society for
Mathematics and Arts) and with the financial support of CNRS (French
National Center
for Scientific Research).

We welcome original and high quality contributions ¨C including research
invited sessions or panels and tutorials ¨C in all areas related to the
mission of
the Society of Mathematics and Computation in Music (see

Submission deadline: January 21, 2011

We look forward to seeing you in Paris,

MCM 2011 Organization Committee

Carlos Agon, IRCAM/CNRS
Emmanuel Amiot, CPGE, Perpignan
Moreno Andreatta, IRCAM/CNRS
G¨¦rard Assayag, IRCAM/CNRS
Jean Bresson, IRCAM/CNRS