Your Brain Needs Music
October 11-12, 2013 (Friday and Saturday)
University of Colorado Boulder
In their 2011 book Healing at the Speed of Sound, Don Campbell and Alex Doman tell us in clear terms that the soundscapes around us affect all humans deeply and fundamentally, physically and emotionally for good and ill, from moment to moment, day to day, year to year.
The American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado Boulder presents Your Brain Needs Music, the 7th Triennial Susan Porter Symposium–now the Porter-Campbell Symposium in honor of the late Don Campbell’s work. Papers, presentations, and performances scheduled over two days come from a broad range of disciplines and individuals: ethnomusicologist, performers, music therapists, music educators, sound healers, neurologists, and others whose personal or professional concerns have to do with music, how the brain processes sound, and how the nature of sonic environments impacts the listening experience.
Dr. Steve Swayne—Professor of Music at Dartmouth College—and Dr. Kay Norton—Associate Professor of Music History at Arizona State University—will be our keynote speakers who will present “Pandora’s Box: What’s Wrong with Casual Listening” and Neural Mapping and Brain Chemistry: How Singing is Good for You.” Some of the other topics will include “Anyone Can Sing: Exploring the Power of Music,” “Music and the Mind: Memory, Identity and Community,” and “Beethoven, Not Beatles: The Implications of Musical Preferences on Cross-Cultural Relations.”
The symposium is also an opportunity for networking among specialist in different but overlapping fields. Ad hoc lunch groups and break-out sessions will be arranged to facilitate dialogue among both presenters and registered auditors.
This year’s symposium will honor one of the more recent movers and shakers on the AMRC’s volunteer advisory board, Don Campbell, who also passed away from cancer in June 2012. Don, as a former student of the brilliant French teacher Nadia Boulanger and lifelong enthusiast for music making of all kinds and in all places, has left a legacy which reveals his dedication to music’s spiritual, emotional, and physical powers. We feel privileged to have known Don and appreciate the opportunity to carry forth his message about the transformative experience of listening.
Admission is free and open to everyone.
One credit hour available for a fee, and exhibiting space is available for a fee. Both fee amounts will be announced at a later date.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-735-3645 for more information.