- Choral Arts
To learn more about 'Music and the Mind', attend these FREE events in conjunction with this performance:
MON March 20 | 4:10pm | Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center
Alice Parker, Choral Composing Legend and Joyful Noise Choir
For many years, Parker partnered with Robert Shaw, considered to be the leading choral conductor of the 20th century, to create some of the classic arrangements of the choral repertoire. In recent years, Alice Parker has been honored with countless awards. At 91, Parker is one of the giants of the profession. Parker has been part of the Joyful Noise family since the beginning. She has written for them, and one of her original pieces, “All The Stars In the Sky,” is featured in the May performance. Her talk will cover the genesis and development of Joyful Noise, writing for the group, and share her insights into making music with learning on all levels.
THU April 6, 2017 | 4:10pm | STEPS, Room 290
Tom Collins, Psychology Dept.
Music Cognition: What Computational Models Can Tell Us
“Music moves people involuntarily, even subliminally, and yet by means of the most apparently precise and rational techniques. If a few combinations of pitches, durations, timbres and dynamic values can unlock the most hidden contents of our spiritual and emotional being, then the study of music should be the key to understanding human nature” (adapted from Nicholas Cook, 1987). In the spirit of the above quotation, the talk includes some visualizations of music, showing structures that influence the experience of music, whether or not we have explicit knowledge of the jargon. Music therapy, specifically the development of models for the diagnosis and characterization of borderline personality disorder; and music education, specifically AI assistance in music composition.
THU April 20, 2017 | 4:10pm | STEPS, Room 290
Andrea Halpern, Bucknell University
Music Cognition in Healthy Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease
Older people enjoy music as audience members and performers, but little is known about changes in music cognition during the normal course of healthy aging, or in people with neurodegenerative illness. This talk will summarize some general principles of cognitive aging, then present some of studies on whether music cognition (plus a few studies involving art), shows loss, gain, and maintenance in older adults with and without neurological challenges.