Andrea Calilhanna

May 11, 2022 – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Andrea Calilhanna is a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University and music educator who researches music theory pedagogy, particularly musical meter, through the Ski-hill graph. In response to modern meter theory (Cohn, 2020), Andrea’s students learn music through mathematical music theory from the age of 5 through to adults. From 2015, Andrea began introducing the Ski-hill graph to assist students in solving problems with metric stability in their performances, especially where hemiolas are concerned. Through the mathematics represented by the Ski-hill graph, Andrea has been successfully working with students to match the experience of the meter from active listening to music: all pulses and their divisions and the mathematics with the notation of the meter through the Ski-hill graph. In this way, Andrea’s students learn to apply their new knowledge to annotate their scores, perform with more confidence, discuss deeper understandings of the meter, and use the mathematics with other instruments of mathematical music theory. The ski-hill, circle, and linear, cyclic graphs form a three-step process to learn music – embodied acoustics – through mathematics. For instance, the approach also involves visualising the fractions represented in the ski-hill diagram in beat-class for counting and measuring note length as experienced. The process authentically engages students in learning as the mathematics applied is meaningful, experienced, accurate and an introduction to set theory.





Dr. Rosa Peñasco

May 11, 2022 – 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Rosa Peñasco is a writer (www.rosapeñ, “Juan Alcaide de las Letras 2019 Medal”, youtuber, Doctor of Law and Full Professor in the Department of Social Services and Historical-Legal Foundations, of the Degree in Social Work (Faculty of Law, UNED). Her most personal stamp lies in a continuous desire for integration, since she has always tried to enrich and unite the literary and university world with research in which social reality takes center stage, betting on creativity and art in any area. She is the author of “Universalizarte: art at the University as a therapeutic and teaching medium” (ECU 2021) and director of courses and teaching innovation networks where the symbiosis of science and art occupies all the protagonism. She has won several literary prizes and nearly twenty books published, of varied genres and themes, as well as scientific articles published in various fields of impact. She is the author of novels about mobbing such as “Ángeles en el labyrinth” (Footnote 2016), on gender themes such as “La subisa insumisa” (“Ciudad de Irún” novel award), poems such as the book of mystical poetry dedicated to Santa Teresa in which she makes a symbiosis of the spirituality of the East and the West: “In Teresa: seven dwellings, seven chakras and kundalini energy in Teresa de Jesús” (Círculo Rojo 2019), stories like “The heart does not know mathematics” and others anti-bullying such as “There is no me without you”, along with biographies on terrorism such as “Twelve bullets in the soul” and short and feature film scripts. Regarding the symbiosis of art and science, his curriculum includes essays that unite law and art, such as “The holographic testament granted by people who write with their mouths or with their feet” (Dykinson 2018), as well as others in which with verses makes an exhaustive analysis of family law such as “The couplet knows about laws: marriage, separation, divorce and children in our songs” (UNED 2018). Similarly, for more than a decade, she has been committed to music and other complementary therapies in the book “My mother-child: a journey to the heart from the heart of Alzheimer’s” (Círculo Rojo 2013), which gave rise to the project “Alzheimer Solidario” and lines of research currently in force that he directs at the University to encourage people to live Alzheimer’s with art! She has also participated in the “Science Week”, with “Covid19: a before and after in the History of Humanity?”. Among his latest essays, “The first great pandemic of the third millennium: new legal and social aspects derived from the emergence of the coronavirus” (Círculo Rojo 2021) stands out, since it returns to unite different branches of knowledge around the coronavirus, just as it does a serious and exhaustive analysis of humor, in “The mystery of humor from La Mancha” (BAM, Diputación CR. 2022).



Dr. Maria Niculescu

May 12, 2022 – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

Maria Niculescu is an Associate Prof. dr. at West University, Timisoara since 2008. Her Research activities are focused on the educational field. She is Doctor in Education Science by the Bucharest University, Faculty of Psychology and Education Science, and holds a Master’s Degree at the same University. She has a wide professional experience in education from Primary to University contexts. In 2002 she was granted with a Special prize for poetry „Dragos Vrânceanu” by County Council Vâlcea and National Fundation for Rural Civilization „ Some peasants”, Dinu Săraru, jury president. She has participated in national and international Conferences and published numerous papers, books and book chapters as:
Niculescu, M. (2016). Classroom Management, Publisher Cluj University Press: ClujNapoca, ISBN, 978-973-595-980-7
Niculescu, M. (2012). The facility of professional skills development within continuous formation. Practice Guide, Timişoara. Publisher Eikon, Project powered by the Social European Fund within Sectoral Operational Programme for Human Resource Development, 2007- 2013, ISBN 978-973-757—613-2
Maria Niculescu has participated and managed several research-development projects as “EDUCATION TODAY IN TIMISOARA OF EUROPEAN CULTURE ECO_VITAL-UVT-2021 SECTION”. This project has the participation of pupils and students to generate quality in professional, school and university life and promotes team work actions. Working together helps to develop the skills profile of young people. The project is composed by several worshops for training and developing skills for students.