Dr Anita Collins - Music Learning and The Brain

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Dr Anita Collins - Music Learning and the Brain - Teacher Education

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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.

“I knew music was important to my students, and that the school seemed to have shifted dramatically since we started the music program – but Dr Collins showed me what was happening, and that is priceless”

— School Principal (NSW)

Dr Anita Collins is an award-winning educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning. Anita is best known for her role as on-screen expert and campaign lead for the Don’t Stop the Music documentary that aired on the ABC in late 2018. She is internationally recognized for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student. Over the last two years Anita has interviewed close to 100 researchers in labs across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia so she can share the most up to date research with educators. Increasingly Anita is being invited to provide expert opinion on education, creativity, strategic direction and innovation.

DR ANITA COLLINSTWITTER: @BB_BRAINSWWW.ANITACOLLINSMUSIC.COMWWW.BIGGERBETTERBRAINS.COM

This event is supported by a Community Strengthening Grant from Snowy Valleys Council.

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