MARCS Monday Afternoon Colloquium (MAC) presents: Dr Anita Collins

Event Name MARCS Monday Afternoon Colloquium (MAC) presents: Dr Anita Collins
Start Date 26th Jun 2017 1:00pm
End Date 26th Jun 2017 2:30pm
Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes

Dr Anita Collins

Assistant Professor of Music and Arts Education

University of CanberraAnita Collins

Title of Presentation: To be advised

Dr Anita Collins is an award winning Australian educator, academic and researcher in the area of music education, particularly in the impact of music education on cognitive development. Anita is a communicator, a conduit between neuroscientific researchers, music educators, musicians, parents and the general public, and works to update our understanding of the purpose and benefits of music education to overall cognitive development and health. Anita's expertise was recognised in 2016 when she was invited to join the project team for the OECD Education 2030 Framework.

In 2015 Anita was awarded the highly prestigious Barbara Matthews Churchill Fellowship to travel to the U.S. and Canada in 2016 to research ways that neuroscience researchers work with school and music programs. 

In 2014 Anita was involved with the network through two projects; as author of a short animated film for TED Ed and as a presenter at TEDx Canberra. Both of these projects have been very well received with the TED Ed film reaching over 30 million and TEDxTalk reaching over 1 million views to date. Anita has also writes regularly for national newspapers and features in radio interviews and television documentaries.

Anita is an innovative and highly awarded musical director. In 2014 Anita won two Canberra Area Theatre Awards for Best Musical Director for a School or Youth Production (Guys & Dolls) and the Orchestra won Best Orchestra in a School or Youth Production. The Orchestra also won the same award in 2012, with Anita as Music Director (Les Miserables). In 2015 Anita was Musical Director for Barnum: The Musical which was performed entirely in a circus tent. She was again nominated for a Canberra Area Theatre Award for Best Musical Director and the musical ensemble was nominated for Best Orchestra also.


The presentation will be held in Bldg 3.G.55, Bankstown campus.Online video streaming of this seminar is available for Western Sydney University staff and students.

The video stream will be live up to five minutes before the seminar starts via this URL: (opens in new window)Opens in a new window

You will need to type in your Western account details to access the stream.