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2024 Music Teachers Conference - Fireworks in the Music Brain

  • 2 Mar 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • TSO Studios, Hotel Grand Chancellor
  • 26


  • General, full-day admission for all educators.
  • TMTA Members - Registered to log your attendance
  • Full-time Undergraduate University Students, or Senior High School / College Students.


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 and the event is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Arts Tasmania. Lunch is provided at the Hotel Grand Chancellor's Tasman Restaurant, with light refreshments also available during the day. 


10:00 am                            Morning Tea/Registration

10:30 am                            Welcome

11:00 am                            Session 1 – Dr Anita Collins

12:30 pm                            Lunch at The Tasman

1:30 pm                              Session 2 – Dr Anita Collins

2:30 pm                              Afternoon Tea

3:00 pm                              Session 3 – Dr Anita Collins

4:15 pm                               Final Wrap Up

4:30 pm                               End

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).

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