Faculty of Music

Launch Event

Our launch event took place on Saturday October 17, 2015 in the Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Don Wright Faculty of Music, with speakers from the Brain and Mind Institute, the Don Wright Faculty of Music, the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development, University of Edinburgh and additional guest speakers from the USA and UK. One highlight of the day was a beautiful performance from the Intergenerational Choir, Alzheimer Society and the event closed with an interesting panel discussion and a small wine reception. See further details below.

Musical Learning Across the Lifespan: Public Symposium

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Agenda

9.30 a.m.      Registration, Doors Open

10.00 a.m.    Welcome Addresses
Dr. Katie Overy, Visiting Professor, Don Wright Faculty of Music
Representative from the Office of the Vice-President Research, Western

10.10 a.m.    Session Chair: Dr. Jonathan De Souza, Don Wright Faculty of Music
Keynote Lecture: Music for the Brain?
Dr. Psyche Loui, Psychology Department, Wesleyan University, USA

Keynote Lecture: Tone Deafness & Other Myths 
Dr. Steven Demorest, Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, USA  

11.30 a.m.    Session Chair: Dr. Betty Anne Younker, Don Wright Faculty of Music
Crossing the Borders: Working with Marginalised Communities in Scotland and West Africa
Dee Isaacs, Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh, UK

Rhythm Processing, the Brain and Parkinson’s Disease
Dr. Jessica Grahn, Psychology Department, The Brain and Mind Institute

12.15 p.m.    Lunch Break   New Horizons Adult Band Rehearsals taking place in MB27 & MB227 (open)
A map showing lunch options on campus will be provided

1.10 p.m.      Performance:   The Intergenerational Choir, Alzheimer Society, London

1.30 p.m.      Session Chair: Dr. Ruth Wright, Don Wright Faculty of Music
The Intergenerational Choir Project: Mapping the Journeys of Singers with Alzheimer's Disease, their Caregivers and Students
Dr. Carol Beynon, Faculty of Education

Opera Programmes with Adults who have Experienced Homelessness
Matthew Peacock, Founder of Streetwise Opera, UK

Movement Responses to Music in Early Childhood
Dr. Ana Almeida, IMHSD, Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh, UK

2.30 p.m.       Coffee break

3.00 p.m.       Session Chair: Dr. Kevin Watson, Don Wright Faculty of Music
What Can We Learn from Cognitive Neuroscience about Development and Learning?
Dr. Daniel Ansari, Psychology Department, The Brain and Mind Institute

Musically-Cued Motor Training & Neuroplasticity
Emma Moore, IMHSD, Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh

Pianos, Hands, Ears, and Minds       
Dr. Jonathan De Souza, Don Wright Faculty of Music

4.00 p.m.       Panel Discussion            
Chair: Dr. Katie Overy, Visiting Professor, Don Wright Faculty of Music

4.30 p.m.       Close & Wine Reception