One of the key reasons people engage with music, whether as therapists, performers, listeners, researchers, or teachers, is because of its communicative potential. We would like to explore together with you what we mean by music and communication and would like to invite you to our conference on Music and communication: Music Therapy and Music Psychology, at Nordoff Robbins, London Centre, UK, on the 20th of September, 2013.


This will be the first in a series of Nordoff Robbins Plus Conferences. The series aims to provide multi-disciplinary and cross institutional thinking – each time we will be organising the conference with another institution. This time we are working with the Centre for Music and Science, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge.


The conference will bring together leading researchers and practitioners from different areas related to music and communication. We will begin with invited keynote papers (including our very own Felicity North) and responses from the perspectives of music therapy and music psychology. These will be followed by poster presentations and group and panel discussions arranged around the following question:


What should we all know about music and communication?


Abstracts for submissions of posters that report on empirical and theoretical research on music and communication are invited. These contributions are welcome from a broad range of disciplines, including but not limited to the following: Cognitive science, Composition, Education, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Performance studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Psychoacoustics, Sociology, and Therapy.

Submission guidelines and dates

Maximum length of the abstracts is 250 words for posters of size A1.

Abstract submission deadline: 14th June 2013.

Notification of acceptance: 17th July 2013

Registration deadline: 1st of September 2013.

Regular fee: £60 / Student fee: £30 / NR Students: FREE

Please go through your line manager / regional head to apply for contributions towards the cost of the conference in the usual way.

Please visit for more information, or contact Neta Spiro at

The conference website will be updated regularly over the coming months, so please check back for up-to-date information concerning the speakers and more.

Looking forward to seeing you in September,


Neta and Mercedes


Dr Neta Spiro

Conference Chair


Prof Mercédès Pavlicevic