MSA Study Days

From time to time the MSA runs Study Days on a topic of interest to members. The Study Day may be organised by a Study Group, a Chapter, or members of the National Committee.


Forthcoming Study Days

Musicology in the Digital Age

Io Myers Studio, University of New South Wales

14 October 2017


Download the call for papers (pdf)


Musicology in the Digital Age is a Study Day organised by the Musicological Society of Australia as a forum to reflect on the engagement between musicological research and digital technology. The aim of the event is to generate discussion about this burgeoning field of research and offer an opportunity for music scholars to gain insights into emerging digital research techniques and their applications to musicology.

Researchers in the fields of musicology or digital humanities are invited to submit proposals addressing any aspect of the theme. Papers could describe a digital musicology project at any stage of development, demonstrate the use of particular tools within research workflows, or discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with digital humanities. Submissions are invited from higher degree candidates (Masters or PhD), early career researchers, and senior scholars.


The keynote address will be given by David De Roure, Professor of e-Research at University of Oxford. An expert in advanced digital scholarship, David works in multiple disciplines including social sciences, humanities, engineering, and computer science. His previous roles include Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre, and Strategic Advisor to the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

Digital Musicology today and tomorrow

This talk will reflect on two projects in the digital musicology arena. The first is Transforming Musicology, a project exploring how software tools being developed by the music information retrieval community may be applied in a variety of areas of musical study. Secondly, the Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies project focuses on music performance and production today. What should we be capturing today to support the musicology of tomorrow?


The Study Day will take place in the Io Myers Studio at the University of New South Wales on Saturday 14 October 2017.


Presentations may be full papers (20 minutes), short papers (10 minute works in progress), or demonstrations of a digital project or tool.


Proposals should include a title, abstract (250 words), presenter information, and format of the proposed presentation. Please email proposals to Daniel Bangert ( by Tuesday 3 October. The organising committee will respond by Friday 6 October.

Study Day Convenors

Daniel Bangert, UNSW Sydney

Musicological Society of Australia, National Secretary

David Larkin, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Musicological Society of Australia Sydney Chapter, Convenor