Dr Anita Collins
Assistant Professor of Music and Arts Education
University of Canberra
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
In 2014 Anita was involved with the TED.com 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
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: https://lecturesonline.uws.edu.au/ess/portal/section/4ee07571-e269-4f87-b585-c9caf17f2f79 (opens in new window)Opens in a new window
You will need to type in your Western account details to access the stream.