Can brain research support arts education?

Torstai, lokakuu 26, 2017 - 09:30 - 15:15
Musiikkitalo, Black Box
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In today’s society, research about the human brain has become a popular topic of discussion. This is also true in arts education, where educators and journalists have been quick to adopt and adapt findings from neuroscientific research involving music. Findings from such research have been used to justify a number of music educational practices. However, misinterpretations and miscommunications across disciplines have led to the creation and perpetuation of neuromyths, raising questions as to what extent brain research can, or should, inform work in arts education. This symposium brings together researchers of the ArtsEqual initiative and national and international experts in both neuroscience and music education to discuss the complexity of interpreting and applying neuroscientific research findings in arts education.

You are very welcome to join this complex and fascinating discussion!


Thursday 26 October 2017 at 9.30 am - 3 pm in Black Box, Musiikkitalo, Helsinki.

9.30 - 10.30 Opening of the symposium, Heidi Westerlund (University of the Arts Helsinki)

Neuroscientific findings about musical expertise and music learning - lessons learned? Mari Tervaniemi (University of Helsinki)

Lost in Translation? Brain Research and Music Education, Albi Odendaal (North-West University, South Africa, University of the Arts Helsinki)

10.30-11.30 Keynote

Musical insights from infants, Sandra Trehub (University of Toronto)


13.00-14.00 Keynote

What Can Neuroscience Contribute to Music Education? Donald Hodges (University of North Carolina)

14.00-15.15 Panel discussion

Panelists: Sandra Trehub, Donald Hodges, Mari Tervaniemi and Tommi Uschanov

Moderators: Sari Levänen (Helsinki University Hospital, University of the Arts Helsinki) and Albi Odendaal (North-West University, South Africa, University of the Arts Helsinki)