This class attempts to shed light on the scientific areas where music meets the neurosciences. After the successful completion of the course, students will have knowledge of basic terminology of neuropsychology, scientific studies of function and development of musicians' brains and the implications of these findings in music education.
Course Content (Syllabus)
During the last decades, scientific studies have produced ample evidence that music perception and performance influences the human brain and its development. The above findings confirm the critical importance of early introduction of musical stimuli to the developing child. They also demonstrate why musical activities differ from other cognitive activities as well as the essential role music education can play in a rounded development of the individual.
Whether referring to singing or instrumental playing, musical performance demands body control and precision of a high degree. The musician must make several choices every second and act upon them continuously, for longer periods of time. This combination renders music unique also in the educational practice.
Since education is a determining factor in the development of the brain, one may support the opinion that music education ought to be present in every complete educational program.
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ζαφρανάς, Ν., Ζαφρανάς, Α., 2015. Εγκέφαλος, φυσιολογία και μουσική. [ηλεκτρ. βιβλ.] Αθήνα:Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών. Διαθέσιμο στο: http://hdl.handle.net/11419/1684
ΠΩΣ ΜΑΘΑΙΝΕΙ Ο ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΣ: Εγκέφαλος, νους, εμπειρία και μάθηση στο σχολείο, 2012. Συγγραφέας: ΕΘΝΙΚΟ ΣΥΜΒΟΥΛΙΟ ΕΡΕΥΝΩΝ ΗΠΑ, ΕΠΙΤΡΟΠΗ ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΚΩΝ ΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΕΚΠΑΙΔΕΥΣΗΣ. Εκδόσεις ΚΕΔΡΟΣ
Additional bibliography for study
Gardner, H. (1983). Frames of mind: the theory of multiple intelligences. Basic Books, New York
Hallam, S. (2006). Music psychology in education. Bedford Way Papers, London
Harris, M. (2009). Music and the young mind: enhancing brain development and engaging learning. Rowman & Littlefield Education, Lanham
Jensen, E. (2001). Arts with the brain in mind. ASCD, Virginia
Levitin, D. J. (2007). This is your brain on music: the science of a human obsession. Dutton, London
Perez, I. & Zattore, R. J. (eds.) (2003). The cognitive neuroscience of music. Oxford University Press, New York
Patel, A. D. (2008). Music, language and the brain. Oxford University Press, New York
Sloboda, J. (2005). Exploring the musical mind: cognition, emotion, ability, function. Oxford University Press, New York