Conservatorium of Music

Power of Music: Joint MSA / ICME Conference, 2011

Further information

Conference registration

The University of Western Australia invites you to join us for the 'Power of Music' - the 34th National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia, in conjunction with the 2nd International Conference on Music and Emotion.


The “Power of Music” is a broad theme designed to encompass the analytical, historical, performance and socio-cultural ways in which music is and has been powerful in human societies.

Contemporary culture is brimful of examples of purposeful musical engagement: we listen to up-tempo music in the gym to assist our efforts to run fast, and play it in the car to maintain a constant, often fast, speed on long highway journeys. We perform our own music to soothe a baby with a lullaby, to amuse and entertain a toddler; indeed, we sing with friends and family to bring us together, to share in mutual joy and closeness. Music envelops us, from the wake-up melody on the radio alarm clock to the late night 'cool' jazz trio playing at the local bar. For many, music is a crucial technology used to regulate the moods and behaviours of both self and others. Music is powerful, pervasive and a crucial form of human communication and expression.

Music is powerful, pervasive and a crucial form of human communication and expression.


  • 30 November to 3 December 2011


The University and its gardens are ideally positioned on the shores of the Swan River, overlooking Matilda Bay and in close proximity to the city of Perth.


Registration is now open.

Call for papers

The Call for Papers has now closed.

Who should attend

The conference will appeal to scholars from diverse disciplines including:

  • music performance studies
  • composition
  • ethnomusicology
  • psychology
  • anthropology
  • evolutionary biology
  • neuroscience
  • historical musicology
  • music theory and analysis
  • aesthetics
  • philosophy