Sempre Lifetime Achievement Award recipients

The Society for Education Music and Psychology Research (Sempre) was founded in 1972 and is the only international society to have a distinctive mission to promote research on the application of the social sciences of psychology and education to music. As part of SEMPRE's charitable status, we have a programme of awards to support research and its dissemination across the world. Within our award programme, the Lifetime Achievement Award is open to senior colleagues who are considered by the SEMPRE Trustees to have made an outstanding contribution to the field. Previous recipients are Rosamund Bourke (UK, 2005), Desmond Sergeant (UK, 2005), Alf Gabrielsson (Sweden, 2010) and Irène Deliège (Belgium, 2010).

2017 Sempre Lifetime Achievement Award recipients

We are delighted to announce that the Trustees have made three new Lifetime Achievement Awards (July, 2017). The recipients are John Sloboda (UK), David Hargreaves (UK) and Johan Sundberg (Sweden). Each has a long and distinguished research and publications profile which has significantly advanced the field of music psychology, both in general and especially in terms of their areas of specialist interest and expertise: John Sloboda, cognitive psychology and music; David Hargreaves, social psychology and music; and Johan Sundberg, psychoacoustics. Each is recognised as an international scholar, being collegiate and generous in their support for others and in their willingness to build networks and research teams that continue to be a source of inspiration for subsequent generations of researchers.

David Hargreaves

David Hargreaves David Hargreaves will retire in August 2017 from his positions as Professor of Education and Froebel Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton, London. He has also been Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology at Curtin University, Western Australia.

He was Editor of Psychology of Music 1989–96, Chair of the Research Commission of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) 1994–6, and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. His books, in psychology, education, the arts, and music have been translated into 16 languages. These include the recently-published Handbook of Musical Identities (co-edited with Raymond MacDonald and Dorothy Miell, Oxford UP, 2017), and The Psychology of Musical Development, co-authored with Alexandra Lamont, which is scheduled for publication by Cambridge UP in June 2017. This is a complete rethink and rewrite, 31 years later, of David’s book The Developmental Psychology of Music (1986).

David has appeared on BBC TV and radio as a jazz pianist and composer, and is organist on his local church circuit in Cambridgeshire. In 2004 he was awarded an honorary D.Phil. by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. This was the first time such an award had been made by the University in the field of music education and was in recognition of his 'most important contribution towards the creation of a research department of music education' in the School of Music and Music Education in the University of Gothenburg.

John Sloboda

John Sloboda Professor John Sloboda is Research Professor at the Guildhall School, where he directs research on Understanding Audiences. He is also Emeritus Professor at Keele and was a staff member of the School of Psychology at Keele from 1974–2008, where he was Director of its Unit for the Study of Musical Skill and Development, founded in 1991.

John is internationally known for his work on the psychology of music. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and has been President of both the Psychology and General Sections of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, where he has served on the editorial board of its journal Musicae Scientiae. He is a member of the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research, and was Editor-in-Chief of its journal Psychology of Music from 1985–1989.

He was the recipient of the 1998 British Psychological Society's President's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge, and in 2004 was elected to Fellowship of the British Academy.

John has been Honorary Consultant to the AHRC Centre for Music Performance as Creative Practice, a network participant in Theatrum Mundi and a contributing researcher to the AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub Creativeworks London. He was also a member of the Senior Management Group of the think-tank Oxford Research Group and co-founder of the Iraq Body Count Project, in which he retains active ongoing engagement, as well as co-directing the charity Every Casualty Worldwide.

His books include Handbook of Music and Emotion (co-edited with Patrik Juslin), and Exploring the Musical Mind, both published by Oxford University Press.

Johan Sundberg

Johan Sundberg Johan Sundberg, received his doctoral degree in Musicology at the Uppsala University in 1966. In 1979 he was awarded a personal chair in Music Acoustics at KTH, Stockholm, from which he retired in 2001. Since 1980 he is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music. He has been rewarded the title Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of York, the University of Athens and the University of Liège.

His main research areas are the function, acoustics, and expressivity of the singing voice and the theory of music performance. He has published more than 340 scientific articles. His book Röstlära (The science of the Singing Voice), which has been translated into English, German, Japanese, and Portuguese, summarizes the status of voice research. He also has written a book on music acoustics (The Science of Musical Sounds, 1991) and has been the editor or co-editor of numerous proceedings.

He has supervised or co-supervised more than 20 doctoral students. He has organized a great number of courses on the function of the singing voice where theory has been combined with realtime feedback of various aspects of phonation.

He has coordinated a global celebration of the World Voice Day, which happens April 16 each year, now engaging more than 60 countries.

Past Award Holders

Rosamund Bourke

Irène Deliège

Alf Gabrielsson

Alf Gabrielsson Alf Gabrielsson is professor emeritus in psychology at Uppsala University, Sweden. He studied history, political science, psychology, history of art, and musicology at Uppsala University and organ playing at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm. He earned his PhD with a thesis on musical rhythm from Uppsala University in 1973 and also conducted research at the Department of Technical Audiology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. His research areas include musical rhythm, music performance, music experience, and audiology. He has published numerous papers in scientific journals and books and served as consulting editor for Psychology of Music, Music Perception, Psychomusicology, and Music&‌aelig; Scienti&‌aelig;. He edited a volume on Action and Perception in Rhythm and Music(1987), and published a comprehensive volume on Strong Experiences with Music – Music is much more than just music (2011).

Until his retirement in 2001 Gabrielsson held a professorship and taught general psychology and music psychology in the Department of Psychology at Uppsala University and at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, served as President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) 1997-2000, organized the Third Triennial ESCOM Conference in Uppsala in 1997 and has been awarded the Honorary Life Membership of ESCOM and the SEMPRE Lifetime Achievement Award.

Desmond Sergeant

Desmond Sergeant Dr. Desmond Sergeant studied voice and piano at the Royal College of Music, London, and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a singer, he has appeared in many operatic roles, and has wide experience as a choral trainer, having directed many major works of the choral repertoire. He was Head of Music at Froebel College of Higher Education, and later at the University of Surrey, Roehampton. He has also taught in several universities in USA. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education, University of London.

He was founding editor of the journal 'Psychology of Music' and is a past chair of the Society for Education Music and Psychology Research (Sempre).

Research publications extend to fields of cognitive development, perception of serialism, and voice measurement (in collaboration with Prof. Graham Welch). Publications are mostly in English, but also appear in Spanish, Italian and Japanese. In 1987 he was nominated Distinguished Foreign Scholar by the Mid-America State University Association (MASUA). In 2004 he was awarded a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by SEMPRE.

Desmond has a keen interest in theatre, and has written several musicals for young players.