Third Research Symposium on Social Impact of Making Music

Porto, 19-20 May 2018

Scientific committee

Geoffrey Baker

Royal Holloway / Institute of Musical Research

Graça Mota

CIPEM/INET-md, Porto Polytechnic Institute

João Teixeira Lopes

Institute of Sociology, University of Porto

John Sloboda

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Lukas Pairon

research platform SIMM / University of Gent

Salwa Castelo-Branco

president of INET-md, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences – NOVA Lisboa

Research office (secretariat)

Adelina Correia

Andreia Carrinho





Library School of Education - Lounge

17:30 | 19:30

Welcome Reception and Registration

Performance of the Homeless Choir of Casa da Música “O Som da Rua”

Auditorium School of Education

09:15 | 09:45


09:45 | 10:15

Opening session

10:15 | 11:45

SESSION 1: Cultural democracy, inequalities, access to music making and learning
Chair: Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco, Nova University, Lisbon, Portugal

Music and disability through Youtube: narratives, actors and impact for a real empowerment
Aixa Portero, Carmen Ramirez-Hurtado, Consuelo Pérez-Colodrero, University of Granada, Spain

Creative chances for everyone – The influence of an independent cultural foundation on a focus-district in Rotterdam
Georgia Nicolaou (SEMPRE Award), Codarts University of the Arts, Rotterdam, NL

Music Education and the blind: Braille music as a technological device for an inclusive and meaningful learning
Jorge Alexandre Costa, Jorge Miguel Oliveira, João Gomes Reis, Porto Polytechnic

Investigating non-singing adults in Newfoundland: How a study of the singing-excluded occasioned inclusive social singing in the wider population
Susan Knight, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

“In Here it’s not Prison”: Engaging vulnerable and stigmatized communities in composition
Toby Martin, University of Huddersfield, Emma Richards, performer, Alexandra Richardson, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

11:45 | 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 | 13:00

SESSION 2: Frameworks for research on the social impact of making music
Chair: John Sloboda, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, UK

Between Scylla and Charibdis: frameworks for understanding the social affordances of music
Eric Clarke, University of Oxford, UK

Making music as research with children in asylum seeker centres
Ailbhe Kenny, University of Limerick, Ireland/Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, Germany

A challenge to assumptions of the transformative powers of music
Jennie Henley, Royal College of Music, London, UK

13:00 | 14:00


14:00 | 15:45

SESSION 3: Music, peacebuilding and contexts of (post-) conflict
Chair: Lukas Pairon, University of Ghent, Belgium

Sound postcards: Listening to transformations in the social fabric of the victims of armed conflicts
Andrea Rodríguez (SEMPRE Award), Oscar Odena, Alberto Cabedo-Mas, University Jaume I of Castellon, Spain, and the University of Glasgow, UK

Music and peacebuilding: Defining the keywords
Craig Robertson, Nordoff Robbins, London, UK

Musical identities of ex combatants: Reflections about musical practices, ideologies and reincorporation
Gloria Patricia Zapata Restrepo, Fundación Universitaria Juan N Corpas, Bogotá, Colombia

Soundscapes of detention: Music in prison camps during the (post) civil war era in Greece (1947–1957)
Anna Papaeti, Panteion University, Athens, Greece

A Thematic analysis of community music interventions with refugees and asylum-seekers in Limerick, Ireland
Hala Jaber (SEMPRE Award), University of Limerick, Ireland

“Art and Education for Peace": Experiences and perspectives of the research hotbed in music and arts of the UPN for the social reconstruction and reparation processes in Colombia
Natalia Puerta (SEMPRE Award), National Pedagogic University of Colombia

15:45 | 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 | 18:15

SESSION 4: Impact of context and culture
Chair: Geoff Baker, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Culture as an instrument of social inclusion: Evaluation of the impact of ‘An Orchestral Morning’ for people with intellectual disability and Alzheimer
Sonia Gainza, L’Auditori de Barcelona, Spain

Community music students’ interventions in diverse contexts: a preliminary approach to their practices
Pedro Moreira, Ana Gama, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Portugal

Transformation of village society by women’s musicking
Pirkko Moisala, University of Helsinki, Finland

Soundscapes versus stereotypes: what a Brazil/Canada intercultural project taught us
Rita Gomes, Susan O’Neill, Adeline Stervinou, João Emanoel Ancelmo Benvenuto, Marcelo Mateus Oliveira, Marco Antonio Toledo Nascimento, Federal University of Ceará/Campus Sobral, Brazil

Fostering the national identity by non-formal music education: Experience in Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Ukraine
Vaiva Jucevičiūtė-Bartkevičienė, Ričardas Bartkevičius, Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Lithuania

“Ich bin kein Berliner” – The musical fight against social exclusion for creative spaces in Berlin
Sean Prieske(SEMPRE Award), Humboldt University, Germany

The social impact of young people’s music making within a relational ontology: Cultivating connectedness across school and outside school contexts
Yaroslav Senyshyn and Susan O’Neill, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada



Auditorium School of Education

09:30 | 10:30

SESSION 5: Music Education at a crossroads: in search of new paths (1)
Chair: Graça Boal-Palheiros, Porto Polytechnic, Portugal

Decentering El Sistema: The network of music schools in Medellín, Colombia
Geoff Baker, Royal Holloway / Institute of Musical Research

Fostering music identities through local musics: The case of Mexico’s national education reform
Hector Vazquez (SEMPRE Award), University of Victoria, Canada

Transforming music teacher preparation through juxtapositional pedagogy
Frank Heuser, University of California, USA

10:30 | 11:00


11:00 | 12:30

SESSION 6: Music Education at a crossroads: in search of new paths (2)

Panel: Is Music Education in Global Decline?

Paul Woodford, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Alexandra Kertz-Welzel, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany
Betty Anne Younker, University of Western Ontario, Canada, and the USA
Jose Luis Aróstegui, University of Granada, Spain
Pamela Burnard, University of Cambridge, UK

12:30 | 13:30


13:30 | 14:45

SESSION 7: Music in prisons
Chair: John Speyer, Music in Detention, London, UK

Musical group participation and empathic development: Considering implications for the criminal justice system
Catherine Hatcher (SEMPRE Award), London Symphony Orchestra, UK

Building narratives through music: A comparative look at two music projects inside prisons in Portugal and Scotland
Inês Lamela, Kirstin Anderson, INET-md, Portugal and The University of the West of Scotland, UK

Life within these walls: Community music-making as a bridge of healing and transformation in prison contexts
Mary L. Cohen, Johnathan Kana and Richard Winemiller, University of Iowa, USA

Reflections on Future Research in Music and Criminal Justice
James Butterworth, University of Oxford, UK

14:45 | 15:30

SESSION 8: Opportunities for music making throughout the lifespan
Chair: Marta Amico, University Rennes 2, France

What stops people getting involved in making music?
Alexandra Lamont, Keele University, UK

Music Education at senior Age: From Orff-Schulwerk approach to lived emotions and social impact(s)
João Cristiano Cunha, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal

15:30 | 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 | 18:00

Public Plenary Session
Keynote Lecture: Disrupting the Status Quo: Young Musicians in Actions that Create Change

Susan O’Neill, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Graça Mota, Porto Polytechnic, Portugal

Susana Sardo, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Lukas Pairon, SIMM platform, University of Ghent, Belgium
Gloria Zapata, Fundación Universitaria Juan N Corpas, Bogotá, Colombia

In this keynote session, Susan O’Neill will reflect critically on how contemporary relational theories open up new possibilities for (re)imagining the social benefits of young people’s music engagement.

Her talk will be followed by a Q&A session and a panel discussion of the key themes arising from the symposium. This session will be open to the public.



The Escola Superior de Educação (ESE | P.PORTO) is located in the University Campus near the Hospital São João.

From Airport to the venue

  1. Taxi: approximately 30,00 €

  2. Metro Line E: “Aeroporto” to “Trindade” connection with line D to Hospital de São João – 2,00 €

  3. Bus 604 to “Hospital de São João” - 1,95 €

From Airport to Downtown

  1. Taxi from the Airport to downtown Porto, approximately 30,00 €

  2. Metro Line E: “Aeroporto” to “Trindade”

From Downtown to the Venue

  1. Taxi: approximately 10,00 €

  2. Metro Line D: “Trindade”, “Aliados” or “São Bento” to “Hospital de São João”- 1,20 €

  3. Bus 300: “Aliados” to “Hospital de São João” - 1,95 €

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