Musical Brains in Action: using research to improve pedagogy
Date: Saturday 7 September
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm, plus optional MYO rehearsal observation
Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Southbank Campus, 234 St Kilda Rd, Southbank
Presented by Dr Anita Collins
Neuroscience and psychology researchers have done extensive studies over the last 20 years to understand how the brain processes music and why music learning seems to be such a cognitively unique activity. Musically trained children have better language and communication skills, can focus for longer and are more likely to stick with difficult problems until they solve them, they are able to control their own emotional responses and understand emotional responses of others and they have significantly better working and long-term memory systems. These enhancements then support higher levels of overall academic achievement, motivation, stress management, self-regulation and awareness. Most notably, music learning has been found to improve neural communication issues associated with autism, ADHD, dyslexia and reading and language learning delays. The research is now starting to reveal why music learning is so effective at enhance brain function. Come along and hear Dr Collins speak about this exciting and impactful research.