Activities in late 2010/early 2011
In the past few months I have been busy with writing up my thesis (ongoing!), but I also found time to do both some research and practising community music as well as visiting several research centres that work on music and health related topics, an area of key interest to me as I work on music and dementia.
Paper in Oxford Handbook of New Audio Visual Aesthetics
Together with Tia Denora I have written a paper on the visual aspects of music using data from my research with elderly people in Japan. The paper is called "Leaving Something to the Imagination: 'Seeing' New Places through a Musical Lens" and will be published in the Oxford Handbook of New Audio Visual Aesthetics. A full abstract is available below.
Japanese translation of "The Cultural Study of Music"
I have been part of a team of Japanese researchers who have translated the well known textbook "The Cultural Study of Music". This is a book that is frequently used by those of us who do research on the practical use of music and I am very happy that we now have been able to publish this in Japan and help contribute to the rapidly increasing interest in cross disciplinary research on music and culture in Japan. The Japanese title is 音楽のカルチュラル・スタディーズ and you can order it from Artes Publishing.
Article in Music and Arts in Action
My first paper from my PhD research will be published in the next issue of Music and Arts in Action, this is a theme issue on music/arts and health. The paper ('Music in Dementia Care: Increased Understanding through Mixed Research Methods') is discussing how I used music as a part of my research to engage with people with dementia and their carer. I am also discussing my preliminary findings briefly. A more detailed look at my findings will be published in a forthcoming article in Voices. Full abstract below.
I am originally from Ashiya in Japan and now live in Oxford in the UK whilst working on my PhD at University of Exeter with Tia DeNora. This website has background information about me and my research (currently focusing on the use of music in community groups to help people with dementia and their carers), with details on all my different projects and activities.
Forthcoming article in Voices
I am very pleased to have had a paper accepted by Voices: World forum for Music Therapy . The paper is entitled "Expanding a care network for people with dementia and their carers through musicking: Participant observation with 'Singing for the Brain'" and is based on data from my PhD research on the use of music in dementia care. The article will be published in the 2011 July issue, and you can read the full abstract below.