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"Emotion, Music and the Brain" Symposium

Symposium explores emotion, music, and the brain.

"Emotion, Music and the Brain" Symposium

I recently heard about a symposium I wish I could attend. Here's the scoop, straight from the organizers:

Institute for Music and Neurologic Function Conducts
"Emotion, Music and the Brain" Symposium at Purchase College, SUNY

Leading Neuroscience, Neurology and Music Therapy Experts Explore the Rehabilitative Relationships Between Music, Therapy and "the Emotional Brain"

Tapping into the creative connections between music and healing, the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) and the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, SUNY, known for offering the State University system's most prestigious performing arts curriculum, will present a symposium on December 2, 2009 to explore music and the brain.

The symposium features such renowned experts in the fields of neuroscience, neurology and music therapy, such as keynote speaker Joseph LeDoux, Ph.D., Professor of Neural Science and Psychology, NYU Center for Neural Science; Concetta Tomaino, DA, MT-BC, LCAT, Executive Director of the IMNF; Steven A. Sparr, M.D., Professor of Clinical Neurology, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology (and IMNF Research Advisory Board Member); Tina Brescia, DA, MT-BC, and Lisa Sandagata, MT-BC, of the Music Therapy Institute at the Westchester Conservatory of Music.

"We are pleased to collaborate with Purchase College, SUNY and to create opportunities for their students to engage with our music therapists to assist in improving the overall health and well-being of our patients," said Executive Director of the IMNF Concetta Tomaino D.A., MT-BC, LCAT. "We are looking forward to the symposium, as it will provide an ideal forum to increase awareness of the relationship between music and the brain as well as the important role that music therapy plays in the lives of people with neurological conditions."

Dr. Robert Thompson, Dean of Music at Purchase, writes, "This symposium is the first of its kind on our campus, and offers students in music and psychology and opportunity to collaborate and explore this rapidly developing field of study."

Attendees -- from neuroscientists, physicians, music therapists and rehabilitation therapists to anyone interested in the effects of music on the brain -- will learn current theories and best practices for applying this knowledge to music therapy with adults and special needs children.

The noon - 7:00 PM symposium will take place at the Purchase College SUNY, Conservatory of Music's Recital Hall, and will be capped by an evening concert kicked-off by legendary Latin Jazz and conga virtuoso Candido Camero, Grammy nominated percussionist Bobby Sanabria and noted composer David Amram.

Tickets to the symposium are priced at $100 and include dinner. The post-conference concert, which takes place from 7:00PM-9:00PM, is priced at $50. A price of $140 includes tickets to both the symposium and concert. Admission is free to students and faculty at Purchase College with a valid College ID. All proceeds from the event will benefit the IMNF. Tickets can be purchased by calling 718-519-5840 or e-mailing

If you go, let me know. I'd love to hear what you learned.

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Faith Brynie, Ph.D, is a scientific and medical writer. She is the author of Brain Sense (Amacom, 2009).


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