Archive for July 16th, 2013


Music Ed and Neuroscience

July 16, 2013

Webinar: July 25, 3:30

For immediate release
July 12, 2013

Music education and neuroscience take center stage at the latest public webinar from the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development

You are invited to a live, public webinar on Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 3:30 pm until 4:30 pm ET.

As part of a growing body of research on arts and brain function, music research has many people listening.  Neuroscience  has helped to demonstrate the work of innovative music-education programs around the country.  One such program, Harmony Project –, is an award-winning organization that  provides research-based music education to at-risk youth in Los Angeles, California.

For two decades, neurobiologist Nina Kraus has pioneered multidisciplinary research on how music affects brain function across the lifespan. Dr. Kraus, principal investigator at the Auditory Neuroscience Lab – Northwestern University, will share her latest findings on music learning and brain development as they relate to Harmony Project.

This is the latest public webinar hosted by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development –, an alliance of 17 federal departments, agencies, divisions, and offices that encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life.

The NEA and the Interagency Task Force periodically host public webinars to share compelling research, practices, and/or funding opportunities for research in the arts and human development. Task Force members include representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and other agencies and departments.

Guests and speakers:

  • Jerry Kyle, Management & Program Analyst, Professional Development for Arts Educators  Program Officer, U.S. Department of Education
  • Margaret Martin, Founder, Harmony Project
  • Nina Kraus, Hugh Knowles Professor and Principal Investigator, Auditory Neuroscience Lab, Northwestern University

Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research & Analysis, NEA, will
moderate the webinar

To join the webinar

The webinar takes place on Thursday, July 25, 2013, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance  – Media may RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs Specialist at

You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box.  Please note, a video  will be featured during the presentation, the audio will be available only via computer.

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An archive of the webinar will be available at

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