Research shows that all humans have a predisposition for music, just as they do for language. All of us can perceive and enjoy music, even if we can’t carry a tune and consider ourselves “unmusical.” This Summer School offers interdisciplinary perspectives on the capacity to perceive, appreciate, and make music. Scholars from biology, musicology, (cognitive) neuroscience, philosophy of science, genetics, computer science, psychology, and other fields consider what music is for and why every human culture has it; whether musicality is a uniquely human capacity; and what biological and cognitive mechanisms underlie it.
The ABC Summer School’s topic is musicality, defined as a natural, spontaneously developing set of traits based on and constrained by our cognitive abilities and its underlying biology. We will take an interdisciplinary journey in which we will consider principles, constraints, and theories of musicality; review musicality from cross-cultural, cross-species, and cross-domain perspectives; discuss the cognitive mechanisms underlying the perception of music; discuss computational modelling approaches; and offer a historical context for the study of musicality.
The two-week international Summer School from 14 June till 24 June 2021 will consist of a series of Master Classes, each one given by a renowned expert in the field. In addition, students will work in groups with a designated tutor, on a research project within the broad topic of musicality, which they will present towards the end of the Summer School. Besides the masterclasses and workshops, an opportunity to get in contact with peer students in the field will be offered as well. The Summer School classes will be taught online, with – if the pandemic allows– hybrid workgroups held at Science Park in Amsterdam.
Tuition fees will be waived for all students registered at a Dutch university. Students from non-Dutch European and non-European universities will have to pay a tuition fee of € 275,-. For additional questions, feel free to email email@example.com.
Below you can formally register for the ABC Summerschool on Musicality. Registration is possible until 30 April 2021. This is supported by the Datanose system of the University of Amsterdam, and will consist of three pages with about twenty questions. On the first page, please select "ABC Summerschool 2021", on the second page you are asked about your affiliation and status as a student, on the third page some personal (contact) information is requested. After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail.
The ABC Summer School is open to master's students and PhD candidates in fields relating to cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, cognitive science, and other fields with a with a clear interest in our capacity for music.
The ABC Summer School is an annual event organized by the interdisciplinary Research Master's Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
|Credits||4 ECTS, 2 weeks|
|Language of instruction||English|