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Site of the SDU-IKV Research Program: The Performances of Everyday Living

William Westney:

H.C. Andersen Visiting Professorial Fellow 2009-10

 

    - Videos as broadcast on Danish Television (ALT-Aabenraa Lokal TV): HERE.

    - Press Coverage: HERE.

    - Summary report (pdf) of tenure as HCA-Academy Visiting Professorial Fellow: HERE.

    - Page on the HCA Visiting Professorial Fellow website: HERE.

    - See also "Archive for 'Updates'" HERE

     

    William Westney,Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Piano and Browning Artist-in-Residence
    School of Music, Texas Tech University, was appointed
     H.C. Andersen Visiting Professorial Fellow at The University of Southern Denmark during the 2009-2010 academic year, affiliated with The Aesthetics of Music and Sound. The story profiling Prof. Westney on this website at the time of his appointment appears below.

         Prof. Westney continues to be actively associated with the The Aesthetics of Music and Sound as well as with NNIMIPA: Nordic Network for the Integration of Music Informatics, Performance and Aesthetics. His ongoing research activities in affiliation with these networks are chronicled throughout www.soundmusicresearch.org and www.nnimipa.org.

         For documentary coverage of Prof. Westney's activities as H.C. Andersen Visiting Professorial Fellow, please see the links at the top of this page.

     

    William Westney named HCA-Academy Guest Professor 2009-10

     

     

    The Hans Christian Andersen (HCA) Academy was founded in 2001 in order to contribute to the cultivation of ideas and values which may be shared universitywide and across disciplinary borders at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). One of the programs sponsored by the HCA Academy for the promotion of this goal is the annual award of a HCA-Academy Guest Researcher Residency to a scholar from abroad who can exert an invigorating influence within a disciplinary setting at SDU, while also taking part in SDU-sponsored events whose scope is universitywide as well as open to the general public. HCA Guest Researchers are appointed by the Vice-Chancellor (Rektor) upon the recommendation of the HCA Academy for a residency of six months’ duration.

     

     

     

    The Aesthetics of Music and Sound is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. William Westney as HCA Academy Guest Professor for a period of six months distributed throughout the 2009-2010 academic year. The appointment of William Westney as HCA Academy Guest Professor brings an outstanding and internationally acclaimed teacher, researcher and concert pianist with marked interdisciplinary interests to SDU. Westney will be affiliated with the Institute of Philosophy, Education and the Study of Religions (IFPR) at the University of Southern Denmark and is a member of the research program The Aesthetics of Music and Sound. As both Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Piano and Browning Artist-in-Residence at Texas Tech University, Westney is uniquely qualified to work within and survey the functioning of both academic and performance milieux.

     

    Westney regards academic research and instrumental performance preparation as two closely related species of information-seeking and integration. He has perfected an engaging presentational style in which  conceptual research is combined with concert-style instrumental performance. The topics on which he currently is working range from the pedagogical (elucidating concepts in education and philosophy through the intense and very "real" prism of concert performance) to the philosophical (delving deeper in the musical implications of the work of pragmatist philosophers such as James, Dewey and Peirce) and the aesthetic/literary (employing the methods of discourse narrative in order to support interpretive choices faced by the practicing musician).  

     

    Westney's work is directly applicable to research being done by PhD students as well as faculty at IFPR. It is also relevant with regard to ideas currently in circulation at IFPR as to how the Institute can contribute more substantively to the support and development of the teaching of music and art in primary, secondary and upper-secondary school.

     

    Westney's international reputation as an educator stems largely from two innovative and revitalizing contributions to the field of music performance and its related psychological/pedagogical issues: (1) His book The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self (Amadeus Press, 2003), is now in its second printing, having sold well over 10,000 copies worldwide, and (2) His trailblazing performance workshop (for all performers, regardless of instrument or musical genre), called "The Un-Master Class," which has been held in conferences, universities and conservatories from Beijing and Seoul to London, Vienna, Toronto, Melbourne, Mexico City and most major cities in the U.S. Interestingly, even though he is a prize-winning concert artist (Geneva International Competition, among many others), it is as an educational specialist that he was awarded a U.S. Fulbright "Senior Specialist" grant to teach, lecture, and perform at seven universities in Korea in 2006. He has also been entrusted with a pivotal educational role in the U.S. as chair of the Editorial Committee (since 2005) of American Music Teacher, the largest-circulation musical pedagogy journal in the world. In 2008, Texas Tech selected him for its highest teaching honor, the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award.

     

    Another area Westney has focused on throughout his career is the issue of wellness and injury avoidance among musicians. Sharing his empirical findings regarding both the healthy mechanics of playing and the psycho-physical issues of practicing, he has presented at conferences devoted to performing arts medicine.

     

    William Westney already proved before starting his tenure as H.C. Andersen Guest Professor that he could relate well to audiences within the region of Southern Denmark. During November 2008 he toured three of the cities in Denmark where SDU has campi - Sønderborg, Esbjerg and Odense - under the auspices of the IFPR-SDU research program The Aesthetics of Music and Sound. In Sønderborg, Westney's concert lecture at the piano in Alsion on November 19, 2008 attracted an audience of 250-300 and he held a memorable "Un-Master Class" for music school students in the region. In Esbjerg, Westney gave a lecture at the Network for Cross-Disciplinary Studies of Music and Meaning (NTSMB) conference Music In and Out of the Body (see www.ntsmb.dk) under IFPR-aegis at The Academy of Music and Music Communication (VMK) as well as a concert lecture at the piano and an "Un-Masterclass", and he concluded his 2008-tour here at SDU in Odense on November 26, 2008 with a concert lecture at the piano (for program, see HERE).

     

    For more information about William Westney, please see www.depts.ttu.edu/music/SOM/WilliamWestney.asp and

    www.williamwestney.com. 

     

     

     

     

     

    Institute for the

    Study of Culture

    (Institut for Kulturvidenskaber - IKV)

     

     

    Research Director for 

    The Performances of

    Everyday Living

    Coordinator for

    The Aesthetics of

    Music and Sound

    and

    Editor and Webmaster for

    www.soundmusicresearch.org:

    Cynthia M. Grund

    cmgrund@sdu.dk

     

     

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    April 17, 2014: April 15 - April 21 is Spring Break at SDU. Much is happening, however, right after the university is in session again as of April 22:

     

    LUNCHTIME CONCERT with Teresemarie Lisiux and Claus Ladekjær Wilson  Thursday,  April 24, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m. in The Winter Garden:

     

    Concert poster available HERE as pdf-file. Concert program available HERE as pdf-file.

    Seminar with Claudio Cifuentes-Aldunate, Dr. Phil in Latin American Literature, Université de Fribourg, Schweiz; Master in Latin American Literature, Universidad de Concepción, Chile; Bachelor in Language and Literature, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. He is Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the Institute for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark - The Religious Sublime in Music, Literature and Architecture on Thursday, April 24, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. in in U73, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. The schedule for all  seminars during the semester may be found HERE.

    Friday, April 25, Cynthia M. Grund will represent The Performances of Everyday Living/The Aesthetics of Music and Sound and NNIMIPA: Nordic Network for the Integration of Music Informatics, Performance and Aesthetics in The Festival of Research (Forskningens Døgn) coordinated by The Danish Agency for Science, Technology, and Innovation. Cynthia will give presentations about the current cross-disciplinary music research project Technological and Aesthetic Investigations of the Physical Movements of Pianists involving Texas Tech U and SDU (see HERE)
    -      9:45 a.m. at Østre Farimagsgade Skole, Østerfarimagsgade 40, 2100 København Ø
    -      6.30 p.m. at StudieStuen, Nedergade 12, Odense C 5000

     

     

    April 6, 2014: Our next seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound will take place on April 24 with Claudio Cifuentes-Aldunate. Please see here.

    There will also be a Lunchtime Concert on April 24. Please seehere.

     

    CANCELLED

    April 5, 2014: The tenth seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound for the spring of 2014 will be presented on Thursday, April 10, 15:15-17 at University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. in U73 by Fritz Gerhard Bertelsen, professional clarinetist and bass clarinetistElectroacoustic Expressions: Musical Phrases Conceived, Developed and Delivered in the Interactions among Human – Machine and Performer – Composer/Creator.Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. The schedule for the entire spring 2014 seminar series is available  HERE.

     

     

    March 29, 2014:

    M*U*S*I*C-Music Union for Student Interaction and Creativity holds its first general meeting on Monday, March 31, 2014 4-6 p.m. in Room U52 at the University of Southern Denmark. Here the official and organizational formation of M.U.S.I.C. will take place; including elections of the management team and the planning of future activities. For more information on M*U*S*I*C, please see the M*U*S*I*C Facebook group HERE.

     

    Niels Chr. Hansen; Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University Hospital; Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom; Royal Academy of Music Aarhus.

    Systematic Musicology Meets Historical Musicology: Quantitative Support for Historical Changes in Rhythmic Variability of European Art on Thursday, April 3, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. in in U73, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar availableHERE. This is the ninth seminar in a series of 13 seminars during the spring of 2014. The schedule for all 13 seminars during the semester may be found HERE.

     

     

    March 23,  2014:  The eighth

    seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound for the spring of 2014 will be presented on Thursday, March 27, 15:15-17 at University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. in U73 by Andreas Lenander Ægidius, PhD Student (1st year), Institute for the Study of Culture - Media Studies, University of Southern DenmarkThe (Possible) Application of Format Theory in the Study of the Use of Immaterial Music Formats. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. The schedule for the entire spring 2014 seminar series is available  HERE.

     

    March 14, 2014:  Much is happening during the week beginning with Monday, March 17!  

     

    First - A new, student-run music association is seeing the light of day at SDU - M*U*S*I*C-Music Union for Student Interaction and Creativity. We wish this initiative the very best of luck! For more information, come to M*U*S*I*C* info meeting March 17, 12:30-2 p.m. in U51 and listen to the Odense band Etagen Under. See the M*U*S*I*C Facebook group HERE.

     

     

    Next - Etagen Under gives the second  Lunchtime Concert during the spring semester on March 20, 12 noon - 1 p.m. in The Winter Garden across from Cafeteria 4. Poster and program available HERE.

     

    Last - but absolutely not least! - Mogens Davidsen, PhD, Associate Professor, Institute for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark.

    Natural Movement and Proprioception: Some Possible Implications for Practicing Musicians. Thursday, March 20, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. in U73, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. This is the seventh seminar during the spring of 2014 in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound. The schedule for all seminars during the semester may be found HERE.

     

     

    March 8,  2014:  The sixth seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound for the spring of 2014 will be presented on Thursday, March 13, 15:15-17 at University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. in U73 by Susanne Jørgensen, Master of Arts in Education and B.A in International Business and Modern languages
    Applying Methods of Musical Interaction to the Classroom in a Multicultural Environment
    . Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. The schedule for the entire spring 2014 seminar series is available  HERE.

     

     

    February 28, 2014:  The fifth seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound for the spring of 2014 will be presented on Thursday, March 6, 15:15-17 at University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. in U73 by Daniel Frandsen, mag.art i Filosofi (MA in Philosophy): "Real" Heavy Metal - The Notion of Authenticity and Its Implications for Musical Aesthetics. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. The schedule for the entire spring 2014 seminar series is available  HERE.

     

     

     

    February 23, 2014:  The fourth seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound for the spring of 2014 will be presented on Thursday, February 27, 15:15-17 at University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. in U73 by Mikkel Snorre Wilms Boysen, Associate professor, University College Zealand, Denmark; cand.mag and Master from the University of Copenhagen and the University of Aarhus; PhD student at the University of Southern Denmark: To Be Wrong in an Appropriate Way - How to Understand and Facilitate Creativity among Children in a Technological Context. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. The schedule for the entire spring 2014 seminar series is available  HERE.

     

    February 15, 2014: The third seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound for the spring of 2014 will be presented on Thursday, February 20, 3:15 p.m.- 5 p.m. at University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. in U73 by Fernando Bravo, PhD Candidate (3rd year) in Music, U. of Cambridge: The Effects of Music upon the Emotional Processing of Visual Information from a Neuroscientific Perspective. Fernando Bravo will also be giving the Lunchtime Concert, Thursday, February 20, 12 noon - 1 p.m., in The Winter Garden: Music, Multimodality and Emotion. Two seminar/workshops will also be given by Fernando Bravo on Friday, February 21: 10:15 a.m. - 12 noon, in Comenius, IKV: Das Unheimliche and Musical Dissonance - Mentalizing, Self-Other Distinction, Metaphor and Cross-Modal Mechanisms in the Brain, and in the same location 2:15 p.m. - 4 p.m.:  Music Technology and Psychological Research -  An Introduction to Max/MSP/Jitter for Artistic and Scientific Purposes. Please see HERE for more information about and posters for all three seminars with Fernando Bravo. Please see HERE for information about and poster for the Lunchtime Concert with Fernando Bravo.

     

    February 7, 2014:  The second seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound for the spring of 2014 will be presented on Thursday, February 13, 15:15-17 at University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. in U73 by Alisa Smirnova, who recently graduated from SDU with a Master's degree in Economics and Business Administration (cand.merc): The Dynamics of Materiality and Digitalization in the Practices of Music Consumption. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. The schedule for the entire spring 2014 seminar series is available HERE.

     

     

    January 27, 2014: This is the last week of examinations for the fall semester at Danish universities, and the spring semester starts on Monday, February 3. The first seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound for the spring of 2014 will be presented on Thursday, February 6, 15:15-17 at University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. in U73 by Matthias Bode, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Marketing and Management, SDU: Sounds a Lot like Research. A Collaborative Art-Based Research Project about and in Sound. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. The schedule for the entire spring 2014 seminar series is nearly complete, and please keep an eye out HERE for updates! Hope to see you there as we kick off the spring term.

     

     

     

     

    December 22, 2013: All of us at The Aesthetics of Music and Sound wish you very Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year, and hope that 2014 will be a healthy and rewarding year for all!

     

    January is examination month at Danish universities and the spring term officially begins on February 1. Please watch this website for updates regarding activities during 2014, particulary those in connection with our new research program, The Performances of Everyday Living. with our continuing seminar series, Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound and with our continuing series of Lunchtime Concerts.

     

     

    Archive

    for "Updates" and "News":

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    (Includes the description of the SDU-IFPR research program The Aesthetics of Music and Sound which initially appeared online in Danish as Musikkens og Lydens Aestetik during the fall of 2006.)