In this episode, the first of my new podcast series, I talk to Dr Anita Collins, an educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning, based in Australia. You can listen now below, on Spotify (search for the name), and soon on iTunes. Or read the transcript here.
About the Music for education & wellbeing podcast
Listen in each month to get ideas, inspiration and practical advice from people involved in music education, community music, music therapy and more. Learn how you can break down barriers to music, through communications, advocacy and inclusive practice.
The music for the podcast was created by Otis Hynds, a young person working with Noise Solution. Noise Solution delivers one-to-one music mentoring programs with people facing challenging circumstances.
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What’s in this episode?
You may know Anita from her TED Ed lesson, How playing an instrument benefits your brain, and her TEDx talk, What if every child had access to music education from birth? And more recently, she’s starred in the Australian version of a British TV show, ‘Don’t Stop the Music’.
We talk about:
- why Anita is so passionate about this area of work and her early childhood struggles with reading.
- the three main areas where music can have an impact on brain development in children
- how music can help young people in challenging circumstances
- how we can use neurological research to advocate for music in education
- what are the ingredients for music programmes that create cognitive change
- and we finish with three pieces of practical advice for people advocating for music education
Scroll down for the transcript of the podcast.
Links for this episode
Questions from the online community:
Early years music and cognitive development longitudinal research – University of Toronto Infant and Child Studies Centre (Sandra Trehub); Macmaster University LAB (Laurel Trainor), other early years music research on Music Education Works
[VIDEO] TED Ed lesson – How playing an instrument benefits your brain
[VIDEO] TEDx talk – What if every child had access to music education from birth
[VIDEO] Interview with Anita Collins by Russell Torrance on Australian radio station ABC Classic
Anita’s Bigger Better Brains online training resource
The Bigger Better Brains Facebook community
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