As a musician, parent and music educator I have long been fascinated by the effects of music-making on the brain. My own close work in a musical setting with infants and very young children and their caregivers, has helped me to develop a keen appreciation for the role music can play in supporting brain development in early childhood.
With the increasing depth and breadth of knowledge in this area it becomes even more imperative to strive to maintain access for all children to quality music education that focuses on quality music-making experiences.
Below is a sampling of papers presented:
- First sounds: NICU Rhythm, Breath and Lullaby research and practice. Presented by Joanne Loewy, The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine Mount Sinai Beth Israel Med Ctr; Albert Einstein College of Medicine New York City, USA
- Singing interventions for forestalling or alleviating infant distress. Presented by Sandra Trehub, University of Toronto & Université de Montréal, Canada
- Preservation of musical memory and engagement in healthy aging and dementia. Presented by Lola Cuddy, Queens University, Kingston, Canada
- Music as a probe of social cognition in frontotemporal dementia
- Presented by Jason Warren, Dementia Research Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology, University College London, UK
- Musical tasks targeting preserved and impaired functions in two dementias. Presented by Andrea Halpern, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, USA
- Efficiency of non-pharmacological treatments in dementia: the power of music. Presented by Severine Samson, University of Lille, Institut Universitaire de France and La Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, France