Workshop on knowledge transfer between piano performance and applied research

Workshop on knowledge transfer between piano performance and applied research

THIS WORKSHOP HAS MOVED TO ROOM A832 (8th floor of the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building)!

Knowledge transfer between musical and scientific communities is a key challenge of applied research on music performance. On one hand- knowledge transfer activities can enhance applicability of research results into actual music practice and performance by bringing musicians closer to scientific knowledge. On the other hand - these activities can help scientists gain knowledge on the concrete reality of performers and, therefore, promote the development of research questions better aligned with performers’ needs.

This workshop brings together musicians and researchers to exchange knowledge on current applied research on piano and music performance developed by researchers at Université de Montréal and McGill University. Presentations, workshops, and discussion sessions will address performance issues from the perspective of biomechanics, acoustics, music technology and performance science.

Framed by CIRMMT Research Axis 3 ‘Cognition, perception & movement’, this workshop is part of the SSIM partnership (‘Sciences au Service de l’Interprétation Musicale’ / ’Sciences at the Service of Music Performance’), which promotes joint activities between Université de Montréal, McGill University and University of Ottawa research labs (S2M, LRGM, IDMIL, Piano Lab), conservatories and music schools around Quebec (Trois-Rivières, Gatineau, Saguenay, Val-d’Or), multi-institutional research groups (CIRMMT), and related organizations on performance optimization and musicians’ health. The SSIM partnership is funded by the SSHRC Partnership Development Grants.


The participation in this workshop is free, with registration.





09:30-09:45 Morning coffee and welcome
09:45-10:15 Trunk motion, touch, and pianists’ upper-limb velocities Felipe Verdugo, Professeur invité, Université de Montréal
10:20-10:50 Piano tone control and the double escapement action Caroline Traube, Professeure titulaire, Université de Montréal
10:55-11:25 Pianists’ proximal motor strategies and movement variability Craig Turner, PhD student, Université de Montréal
11:30-12:00 Are music students fit to perform? Physical readiness in music performance Liliana Araújo, Assistant professor, McGill University
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-13:30 Pianists’ forearm muscle fatigue

Etienne Goubault, Postdoc, Université de Montréal; Felipe Verdugo, Professeur invité, Université de Montréal

13:35-14:05 Pianists’ muscle activity and music expression Robin Mailly, PhD student, Université de Montréal
14:10-15:00 MappEMG – Feeling the muscle activity of classical musicians Ziyue Piao, PhD student, McGill University
15:00-15:30 Final discussion and closing remarks