Learn why the brains of musicians are 30% denser and more connected, due to the high cognitive load of creating music. In this podcast episode, we’ll hear from leading neuroscience educator Dr Anita Collins on music lessons and the brain.
Dr Collins’ work is based on neuroscience data and research findings. She explains how the brain lights up like fireworks when playing music, creating a denser, more connected neural network, resulting in innovative thinkers.
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Dr Anita Collins is an award-winning educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning. She is internationally recognized for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student. Over the last two years, Anita has interviewed close to 100 researchers in labs across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia so she can share the most up to date research with educators. She is also well-known as a TedX and Ted Talks speaker. Anita is founder of Bigger Better Brains, an education program for the global music education community about the application of neuromusical research.
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Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at dev.topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.