The 'Music in the Brain' initiative - hosted by the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development - aims to share exciting developments in music and science with musicians, students, teachers,
educators, and music lovers.
The twin goals of the initiative are to work with musicians to uncover the core neural and mental processes that underpin successful solo and ensemble performance, and to better understand the heath and educational benefits of musical training by exploring how music shapes the brain.
Who Are We?
The Music Cognition and Action group in the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development is a team of Neuroscientists, Psychologists and Musicians who apply neuroscience techniques to explore how the brain gives rise to musical behaviour.
Our members have worked with musicians from across the globe including the Chicago Orchestra(opens
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We are primarily interested in understanding the psychological, neural and social elements involved in solo and group ensemble performance.
- How do we develop musical expertise?
- What group skills assist ensemble performance?
- How does musical memory work?
- What are the health and educational benefits of music in children and older adults?
- Can music help physical rehabilitation and combat the effects of neurodegeneration?
- What are the causes of musician's dystonia and how can we treat it?
The initiative will be launched with an afternoon information session held on Thursday 1 October 2015 at the Bankstown Campus of Western Sydney University (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra).
The event will open with a short series of presentations covering the ongoing projects at the MARCS Institute.
This informal discussion will provide a forum for attendees to ask questions and identify critical areas for future research.
The session will include with a tour of the research facilities to demonstrate the experimental techniques used to explore Music in the Brain.
You can learn more on our Music Cognition and Action home page.
For any questions or further information about this event, please contact Dr Bronson Harry.
|Welcome and Masters of Ceremony|
Building 23, Bankstown campus, Western Sydney University
Dr Bronson Harry and
Dr Jennifer MacRitchie
MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development
Building 23 [3.00pm - 3.30pm]
Launch of Music in the Brain
Professor Peter Hutchings, Provost & Dean of the School
of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University
Associate Professor Peter Keller, Program leader of the Music
Cognition and Action group, MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University
Creativity, Improvisation and
Meaning in Music
Professor Roger Dean, Research Professor in Sonic
Communication, MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University
|Music in the Lab|
Building 9 [3.30pm - 4.00pm]
Use it or Lose it! Piano
lessons as a health intervention for older adults
Dr Jennifer MacRitchie
Exploring joint music making
irrespective of musical expertise
Dr Giacomo Novembre
Using Motion Capture
Technology to understand Musicians' Movements
Dr Manuel Varlet and Dr Kohei
Measuring brain waves with
Ms Peta Mills and Ms Anita Paas
Building 23 [4.00pm - 4.30pm]
Mr Steffen Herff
Making Connections: How music
shapes the brain
Dr Bronson Harry
Applying music to health:
Ms Tina Read
Capturing audience reactions
to music and dance
generating rhythms based on novel mathematical principles
Dr Andy Milne & Mr Steffen Herff
Building 23 [4.30pm]
|Facilitator - Dr Jennifer MacRitchie|
|Refreshments||Margot Hardy Gallery, Building 23|
To register your interest in attending this event, please use our registration form.(opens in a new window)