Bridging art and science: using neuroscience to understand and advocate for music education

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This session will review neuroscience research from the final trimester in the womb through preschool regarding music and cognition. We will look at the innate propensity for music and how to optimally develop that aptitude. We will consider how music cultivates language and cognition and the roles that parents and music education can play in this development. We will consider this early development in music in well aging. I believe that the only thing more important than music in optimal human development and functioning is love.

Biography
Kathleen M. Howland is a certified music therapist and licensed speech language pathologist. For the past 30 years, she has worked with a variety of clinical populations using music to enhance speech, language, cognition and movement in habilitation and rehabilitation settings. Her doctoral studies in music and cognition have informed and supported her interest in bridging the communities of science, specifically neuroscience, and art in order to identify best practices. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at The Boston Conservatory, Berklee School of Music and Boston University. This provides her the opportunity to bring clinical work into the classroom and academic resources to clinical work. She is a strong believer and advocate for the power and beauty of music from fetal life to the end of life.

Learning Objectives

1.  Demonstrates knowledge of key neuroscience research in music

2.  Distinguish innate and learned musical skills