After a wonderful sharing session at the National Gallery Singapore earlier this week, we are delighted to return to the National Gallery on Friday. CMH will be hosting a Movin' & Groovin' for Wellness group drumming and dancing session to promote emotional wellness, creativity, and social connection. Registration for the 2pm sesion is sold out, but please join in our open group drumming and dancing jam session (with live improvised music from two amazing Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS, students) from 3:30-4pm in the gallery's atrium.
Publication Alert! This journal paper discusses our automatic music generation system, AffectMachine. The development of this system started back in 2021, and was an interdisciplinary effort (our team members have backgrounds in cognitive science, music composition, and computer science). AffectMachine is capable of creating emotional-sounding music in real time, either based on the user's inputs, or based on their physiological (e.g., HR) or neural signals. We will be embedding the system into a BCI (brain computer interface) to help listeners regulate their emotion states.
Many thanks to the NUS Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning (CDTL) for the opportunity to share my research in teaching practice with the broader community. See the post HERE. This project investigated how teaching relevant findings from cognitive and performance science may be beneficial to the performance practice of music students, and examined the best teaching methods for this purpose.
After months of planning and organization, it's hard to believe that the Music Research in Singapore Symposium is finally upon us! We really have a terrific set of presentations and panel discussions lined up - feeling very lucky and thankful to have such esteemed and diverse members of the community joining, from academics and musicians, to clinicians, arts organizations, and policy makers. Also happy to share that Lynette Pang, Deputy CEO of the National Arts Council, will be our Keynote Speaker. And of course there will be music, and plenty of it.
I'm honored to have been invited to present about Music and Health at the ArtScience Museum. (This is one of my favorite museums EVER, so I'm really chuffed!) After my talk, one of my wonderful PhD students, Phoebe Chua, will help demo our new music EEG system: Participants will wear an EEG cap, and their neural activity will drive our affective automatic music generation system! Should be fun. :)
It seems common sense that a listener's background would influence their musical preferences and emotional responses to music, yet relatively little research has been done in this area. Our research provides a new dataset, and elucidates how age, enculturation, musical training, and other profile information, influences emotion ratings of music. Our new paper, entitled 'A Music Dataset with Emotion Ratings and Raters’ Profile Information' is available in the journal Sensors.
I’m thrilled to share that we are officially launching a new Centre for Music and Health at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS! Establishing such a centre has been a dream of mine for nearly 2 decades, and I'm feeling very grateful and excited. I'm greatly looking forward to working with amazing people here at YST, NUS, and the larger community on new music initiatives to improve lives. Can't wait to see what exciting new programs and collaborations will blossom out of the CMH!
I was humbled to be part of the NUS teaching awards last week; I was in such great company (wonderful teachers from around campus)! Thank you again, NUS, for the Annual Teaching Excellence Award -- it really is an honor.
More information about the award here: https://nus.edu.sg/cdtl/teaching-and-learning-quality/teaching-awards/about-teaching-awards
It was an amazing experience, and quite an honor, to be one of the Keynote speakers at yesterday's Culture Research Symposium on 'The Role of Arts in Well-Being and Social Inclusion', hosted by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and the National Arts Council. I was so happy to see the huge turnout (wonderful to be speaking at live events again, given all of the recent restrictions on in-person meetings!).
I'm happy to be an invited speaker for the 3rd Conference on AI Music Creativity, on the Neuroscience & Health (with respect to AI Music Creativity) panel. If you're interested in attending the online event, registration is FREE! Check out the program and conference information here: https://2022.aimusiccreativity.org/
UPDATE: A recording of the panel session on Neuroscience & Health is available here.
I am honored and grateful to have received the 2022 NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award. "The award is given by the University to recognize positive contributions to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of high-quality teaching and assessment in a sustained and impactful way." Thank you, NUS, this means a lot!
I feel quite thankful for being one of two speakers invited to present at a special event at NUSS Guild Hall on 'A conversation on Emotional Resilience – Finding Emotional Well Being Through Music'. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to share some of my group's recent work on Music for Health and Wellness, and to be part of several wonderful conversations that happened during and after the event. It was also lovely to present in-person AND mask-free for the first time in over two years!
I am honored to be an invited speaker for the lecture series hosted by the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Washington, DC, next month. I will be talking about 'Music, Technology, and Health', and how we can leverage this exciting intersection of disciplines to forge a new (musical) frontier in healthcare. Attendance is free and open to the public!
My colleagues and I are presenting two talks (papers) at the 16th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) this year, which is taking place online 28-31 July. Because the talks are being presented virtually, I am able to share the YouTube links for the talks here. My talk, entitled 'The Impact of COVID-19 on Music Therapy and Technology Use Around the World,' is available here.