“There is now an enormous amount of research that has explored, measured, quantified and illuminated the benefits of music education on cognitive, emotional, social and physical development. Such is the quantity and quality of the research that it is now understood that music education benefits the development of the whole person like no other human activity.”

These are the words of Dr Anita Collins an award-winning educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning. She is internationally recognized for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student.

Anita is best known for her role as on-screen expert and campaign lead for the Don’t Stop the Music documentary that aired on the ABC in late 2018, her TED Ed lesson How playing an instrument benefits your brain, her and her TEDx Talk What if every child had music education from birth. In 2018 her contribution to the field of music education was recognised with the Educators Award at the inaugural Australian Women in Music awards.

“Don’t Stop the Music has really shone a light on the incredible impact a music education can have at an individual, family and whole school level” said Anita Bellman, Executive Director, Northern Rivers Conservatorium.  “We are so looking forward to having Dr Anita Collins work with our teachers and community”.

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium will welcome Dr Anita Collins to Lismore on Wednesday 23rd January, 2019 where she will present professional development for NRC teachers as well as a community forum for parents, educators and the wider community.

“I am really looking forward to working with the Northern Rivers Con. I have admired the quality and innovation in all of their programs and I can’t wait to learn how they achieve such consistent outcomes for their students and their community. I am also excited to see how the educators integrate the brain research into their teaching practice. It will also be my first time in Lismore which is a real treat for me.”

This is a free event but bookings are essential.  Book online here.

Dr Anita Collins is an award-winning educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning. She is internationally recognized for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student. Over the last two years Anita has interviewed close to 100 researchers in labs across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. Anita has written opinion columns for The Age and The Conversation, authored papers for international peer-reviewed journals, guest author on international sites and specialist technical writer for OECD Education Framework 2030. Anita is a Churchill Fellow, a TEDx speaker and the author of one of the most watched TED Education films ever made.

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