Fireworks in the Musical Brain, with Dr Anita Collins
Saturday 2 March 2024 | 10am – 4pm
TSO Studio, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Davey St nipaluna-Hobart TAS 7000
Neuroscience and psychology researchers have done extensive studies over the last 20 years to understand how the brain processes music and why music learning seems to be such a cognitively unique activity. Musically trained children have better language and communication skills, can focus for longer and are more likely to stick with difficult problems until they solve them, they are able to control their own emotional responses and understand emotional responses of others and they have significantly better working and long-term memory systems. These enhancements then support higher levels of overall academic achievement, motivation, stress management, self-regulation and awareness. Most notably, music learning has been found to improve neural communication issues associated with autism, ADHD, dyslexia and reading and language learning delays. The research is now starting to reveal why music learning is so effective at enhance brain function.
Join your community of teachers at this flagship event as we share in the research of Dr Collins with exciting and impactful strategies that you might embed in your practice.
We are kindly hosted in the The Studio with thanks to the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Lunch is provided at the Hotel Grand Chancellor's Tasman Restaurant, with light refreshments also available during the day.
If travelling from outside of the Hobart region, teachers and colleagues might consider staying at Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart and take advantage of discount offered to us for the conference weekend. Details provided upon confirmation of conference booking.
There will be the regular conference giveaways and special offers from TMTA supporters, and a post-conference function to celebrate together afterwards.
Dr Anita Collins is an award-winning educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning. Anita is best known for her role as on-screen expert and campaign lead for the Don’t Stop the Music documentary that aired on the ABC in late 2018 and author of The Music Advantage. She is internationally recognized for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student. Anita brings a wealth of experience as an active educator to every presentation. She is an experienced classroom teachers and conductor (Canberra Grammar School), has been musical director for three award winning productions and she has over a decade of experience as a teacher educator across all areas of tertiary education (University of Canberra and the Australian National University).