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Karen Wise

Karen Wise

Research Associate, AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice

CMPCP
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Cambridge CB3 9DP

Biography:

Karen Wise was appointed as a Research Associate in the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice in May 2010. She is a psychologist, performer and teacher and began her professional life as a classical mezzo soprano. She studied music at the University of York, and trained as a postgraduate at the Royal Northern College of Music, where her prizes included the Brigitte Fassbaender Award for Lieder. She continues to perform as a soloist in oratorio, opera and concerts. In 2002 Karen began psychology study, first with the Open University, then at Wolverhampton University. She gained a PhD scholarship at Keele University with Professor John Sloboda, and was awarded her doctorate in 2009 for her thesis ‘Understanding tone deafness: a multicomponential analysis of perception, cognition, singing and self-perceptions in adults reporting musical difficulties’. Karen received a 2006 Young Researcher Award from the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. Her current research interests outside CMPCP include singing and vocal development, with a particular focus on untrained and ‘non-singing’ adults. She has recently been appointed Academic Tutor in music psychology and research at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Departments and Institutes

St John's College:

Key Publications

James, M., Wise, K., & Rink, J. (Article accepted). Exploring creativity in musical performance through lesson observation with video-recall interviews. Scientia Pedagogica Experimentalis.

Anderson, S., Himonides, E., Wise, K., Welch, G., & Stewart, L. (In press). Congenital amusia: is there potential for learning? A study of the effects of singing interventions on pitch perception and production of those with congenital amusia. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Wise, K. J. & Sloboda, J. A. (2008). Establishing an empirical profile of self-defined ‘tone deafness’: Perception, singing performance and self-assessment. Musicae Scientiae, 12, 3-23

Wise, K.J., Sloboda, J.A. & Peretz, I. (2007). Progress in understanding ‘tone deafness’. British Academy Review, 10, 52-54

Sloboda, J. A., Wise, K. J. & Peretz, I. (2005). Quantifying tone deafness in the general population. The Neurosciences and Music II: From Perception to Performance, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1060, 255-261

Conference presentations

Wise, K.J., James, M., & Rink, J. Learning to be a creative performer: Developing mixed methods to understand teachers’ and students’ approaches and constructs. International Symposium on Performance Science, University of Toronto, Canada, August 24-27, 2011.

Wise, K. J. & Sloboda, J. A. Motor control of singing in the self-defined ‘tone deaf’. Seventh Triennial ESCOM conference, University of Jӱvaskala, Finland, August 2009.

Wise, K. J. & Sloboda, J. A. Perceptual and productive skills in the ‘tone deaf’: A componential analysis. Experimental Psychology Society, Liverpool, July 1-3 2008.

Wise, K. J. & Sloboda, J. A. Singing performance and vocal range in the self-defined ‘tone deaf’. Paper within symposium on ‘Biological Foundations of Musical Ability’, Third Conference of Interdisciplinary Musicology, Tallinn, Estonia, August 2007.

Sloboda, J.A., Wise, K.J. & Peretz, I. Can amusics perceive harmony? 9th International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition/ 6th Triennial ESCOM conference, Bologna, Italy, August 2006

Wise, K. J. & Sloboda, J. A. Establishing an empirical profile of self-defined ‘tone deafness’: Perception, singing performance and self-assessment. 9th International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition/ 6th Triennial ESCOM conference, Bologna, Italy, August 2006

Wise, K. J. & Sloboda, J. A. Assessing the Musical Skills of the Self-defined ‘tone deaf’. Teaching, Learning and Performing Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 1-2 July 2006

Wise, K. J., Lamont, A., Brown, L. & Hodgson, E. Musicians who think they can’t sing? Exploring singing confidence in a student population. Teaching, Learning and Performing Music, Royal Northern College of Music, 1-2 July 2006

Sloboda, J. A., Wise, K. J. & Peretz, I. (2005). Quantifying tone deafness in the general population. The Neurosciences and Music. Leipzig, May 2005

Invited talks

Wise, K.J., James, M., & Rink, J. M Creativity and originality in musical performance: Research report on the teaching and learning of creative music-making in two London conservatoires. Creativities: Transcending Boundaries in Higher Music Education. Symposium, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, 20th June 2011.

Singing skills in the self-defined ‘tone deaf’ and those with congenital amusia. British Voice Association Research Day, March 2010.

Exploring singing skills in the ‘tone deaf’. ‘Music and Brain’ seminar series, Goldsmiths/UCL, April 2008

Tone deafness and other musical deficits: Developing a comprehensive diagnostic battery. With John Sloboda. University of Middlesex Psychology seminar series, March 2007

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