I’m continually indebted to Edinburgh University’s Institute for Music in Human and Social Development (IMHSD), and in particular to Dr. Katie Overy, for flagging up many interesting events. In the relatively recent past I have attended a fascinating conference entitled Communicative Musicality and a lecture on Musical Entrainment.
Two more promising events have been brought to my attention in the last couple of days.
The first of these, entitled The Musical Brain, concerns the growing field which links music and neuroscience.*
The second, entitled The Child’s Curriculum: ‘What is the Value of Early Childhood Education and Care?’ concentrates on “ the value of early childhood education and care, with a particular focus on the implications for future practice and policy in Scotland.” This event is, which takes place in Edinburgh’s Royal College of Physicians, is free but registration is required – details here.
* you can find write-ups of music/neuroscience events I attended in The Wellcome Collection – here, here and here.
Interest in this area has led me to some interesting books which I can recommend:
This Is Your Brain On Music by Daniel Levitin
The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body by Steven Mithen
Communicative Musicality edited by Stephen Malloch and Colwyn Trevarthen
The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
3 thoughts on “The Musical Brain”
Thanks for this link. The Child’s Curriculum, looks fascinating. Unfortunately it’s not free but £80. I’m sure C Trevarthen alone is worth the entrance fee. I doubt that I’ll get funding, more’s the pity.
Whoops, Hilery – my mistake – thanks for flagging that up. I took the phrase, “open to all” in the email to mean free – as the last one was I attended.
Hi Alan, many thanks for your enthusiasm for the Musical Brain conference, I hope you are planning to attend, if so, it will be good to meet you. The Musical Brain website with further details is http://www.themusicalbrain.org. or ring me – phone no on the website. Hilary Bartlett
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