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Will Henkjan Honing and his team win the "Battle of the Universities"?

With their project "Zonder luisteraar geen muziek" (No music without a listener), the Music cognition team headed by Henkjan Honing is in the running for the "Academische Jaarprijs 2007/8".

This prize is an initiative of the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, NWO, KNAW and Shell to promote the dissemination and popularization of science. The Music Cognition team has been selected to represent the UvA.

From the Music cognition website: "The aim of the UvA-project is to show that we all have a talent for music. While some people might think they have no sense for rhythm or claim not to be able to sing a melody in tune, most of us do appreciate music and are perfectly capable of distinguishing between one performance or another. In other words, we will stress the musical competence of the average listener (as opposed to musical competence associated with musicianship)."

In total 11 universities will defend their plans June 11 in the Leidse Schouwburg. In the evening the two winners will present their plans to the audience and it will become clear who is first and who is second. The evening session is open to public (but it is unclear yet how to register).

We wish Henkjan and his team all the luck!

For more information: http://www.academischejaarprijs.nl/
http://www.musiccognition.nl/blog/

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