Music to Whose Ears III: Music and Healing

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 2:30pm EST

Past Event

There are well-known therapeutic effects of melody and rhythm on people with various cognitive and motor problems such as non-fluent aphasia, autism, Alzheimer disease, and Parkinson’s disease. By helping alleviate pain and anxiety, music can be also beneficial for preterm babies and for patients before and after surgeries. Empirical studies show that musically trained children perform better on memory tests that are correlated with IQ, and there are new data suggesting that playing a musical instrument can be effective for slowing down cognitive decline in normal aging. The roundtable will explore the possible mechanisms of music’s beneficial influence on the brain.


Evelina Fedorenko

Assistant Professor, Director of the EvLab at Harvard Medical School / Mass General Hospital

Ev Fedorenko is a cognitive neuroscientist who specializes in the study of the human language system. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics from Harvard University in 2002. She then proceeded to pursue graduate studies in cognitive science and neuroscience at MIT. After receiving her Ph.D. in 2007, she was awarded a K99/R00 career… read more »

Marina Korsakova-Kreyn is a professional pianist and scholar in music perception and cognition. She received her Diploma in Piano Performance from Nizhniy Novgorod State Conservatory, Russia, and she received her Ph.D. in Cognition and Neuroscience from The University of Texas at Dallas. Her research is focused on emotional responses to music and on the perception… read more »

Andrea Norton is classically-trained singer and choral conductor with a degree in Church Music from Westminster Choir College. Across her career, Andrea has worked with musicians of all ages in studio and church settings, and served as the artistic director and conductor of a community-based Renaissance a cappella choir. She spent 6 years at New… read more »

Andrew Rossetti is a clinical music psychotherapist, researcher, and coordinator of the multi-site music therapy program in radiology oncology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Barcelona, and has developed several music therapy programs in hospitals both in the United States and in Spain. He is… read more »

John Schaefer is the host and producer of WNYC’s long-running new music show New Sounds (“The #1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard), founded in 1982, and its innovative Soundcheck podcast, which has featured live performances and interviews with a variety of guests since 2002. In January of 2017 he began a new… read more »

Dr. Concetta Tomaino is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and was Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at CenterLight Health System (formerly Beth Abraham Family of Health Services), where she worked from 1980 to 2016. Dr. Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications… read more »

4 comments on “Music to Whose Ears III: Music and Healing

  1. I’m so disappointed! Only seeing this now, and it’s 3pm on 3/11, so I’ve missed it. I create multisensory experiences on a foundation of music here in New York City, and I would have absolutely loved to have been with you today. Please keep in touch!

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