Conference

Musicians: Born or Made
Scientific workshop and public concert-conference
Montreal

 

Registration

The conference is free, however we would appreciate if you would register in
advance here:

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Dates and locations

PUBLIC LECTURE AND CONCERT

Friday, April 10, 4pm to 6pm

Room : Théâtre Rouge

Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal

4750 Avenue Henri Julien

Montréal, QC

 

SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, April 11, 9am to 6pm,

Room : C-3061

Carrefour des Arts et des Sciences

Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, Université de Montréal

3150, rue Jean-Brillant

Montréal, QC

 

Description

This conference on Music and Talent includes a scientific workshop with priority to
the Academic community (registration in advance is preferred) and a free
concert-conference.

The role of natural endowment and hard work in musical performance is one of the
oldest and most contentious issue in both science and society. Up to the 20th
century, innate talent was associated to musicianship. Over the last century,
the prevalent view has been that intensive practice is key. The goal of this
workshop is to examine whether music practice alone can account for individual
differences in musical abilities or if we should also acknowledge the
importance of innate predispositions.

The conference includes academic presentations by leading experts in the fields of
music, child psychology and neuroscience, round table discussions and a public
concert-conference.

Schedule

 

Friday, April 10, 2015

CONSERVATOIRE DE MUSIQUE DE MONTRÉAL

PUBLIC LECTURE AND CONCERT

16:00

Opening remarks

16:15

Keynote speaker

Feldman – Musical prodigies: born, made, and lucky

17:15

Introduction of performer:

Michael Berkovsky (piano teacher)

Concert: Leonid Nediak (11 year old child prodigy)

   Frederic Chopin          Polonaise Op. 44,

                                            Nocturne Op. 48, no. 1

                                            Ballade No. 1 Op.23

Presentation: A teacher’s perspective with Michael Berkovsky

   Joseph Haydn             Sonata Hob: XVI 20

                                            I. Allegro Moderato

                                            II.Andante con moto

                                            III. Allegro

   Leonid Nediak            Sonata No. 1 in C Major: I. Moderato

   Sergei Prokofiev         Sonata No. 3, Op. 28

18 :30

Reception

 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

UNIVERSITÉ DE MONTRÉAL
CARREFOUR DES ARTS ET SCIENCES

PUBLIC LECTURE AND CONCERT

8 :30

Coffee/tea and muffins

8 :55

Opening remarks

9 :00

Defining Music Prodigies

Feldman – Introducing the definition

9 :15

Comeau & Peretz – The Musical Prodigy: Putting the Definition to the Test

9 :45

Measures of talent and training in children

Trehub – Identifying musical potential in toddlers

Trainor – Neuroplasticity and effects of experience in the first year after birth

Penhune – What we learn and when we learn it:  Behavioral and brain effects of early musical training

11:30

Coffee/tea break

11:45

Round Table: Does practice make perfect? The role of talent and training – Educators’ point of view

Participants: Beckett, Berkovsky, Traube.

Moderator: Comeau

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Role of musical talent in atypical development

Mottron – Prevalence of clinically and empirically defined talents and strengths in autism

Wilcke – Dyslexia, language and music: Linked by genes and brain?

14 :30

Measures of talent in adulthood

Hutchins – Exploring the range of vocal abilities

Traube – How musicians express their creativity in shaping a musical performance

McCormick – Are classical music competition winners born or made?

16:00

Coffee break

16 :15

Genetic predispositions

Drake – Artistic brilliance: Talent seeks practice

16:45

Intro to round table:

Comeau & Peretz – Born or made: From Gagnier to Ericsson

17 :00

Round Table: Does practice make perfect? The role of genetics and practice – Researchers’ point of view.

Moderator: Peretz

17 :45

Closing remarks

 

Presenters and round table participants

Christine Beckett, Concordia University

Michael Berkovsky, piano teacher and performer

Gilles Comeau, Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory, University of Ottawa

Jennifer Drake, Brooklyn College, CUNY

David Henry Feldman, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University

Sean Hutchins, Royal Conservatory of Music Research Centre

Lisa McCormick, Haverford College

Laurent Mottron, Université de Montréal

Virginia Penhune, Penhune Laboratory for Motor Learning and Neural Posticity, Concordia University

Isabelle Peretz, BRAMS, Université de Montréal

Laurel Trainor, Auditory Development Lab, McMaster University

Caroline Traube, Université de Montréal

Sandra Trehub, Music Development Lab, University of Toronto

Arndt Wilcke, Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology

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