September 8, 2020
Dr. Anita Collins’ new book, “The Music Advantage: How learning music helps your child’s brain and wellbeing,” was released September 1, 2020. Learn what research shows about the cognitive nutrient of sound, and about music learning’s foundational relationship to other learning, including reading.
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 for parents, teachers and students. (Thank you, on behalf of us lay-people everywhere!)
Anita regularly presents her research on television, radio and through her scholarly and popular writings. She is an education advisor and research expert for numerous orchestras, schools and universities, companies and non-profits. Anita is the founder of the Bigger Better Brains education program and a founding director of the Rewire Foundation. She joins us today from Australia.
- Dr. Collins tells us about her new book and how it came to be.
- We discuss information in the book, including sensitivity periods for brain development (when the brain is more sensitive to learning); why you are your baby’s favorite rock star; music learning’s relationship to executive function and impulse control; and why keeping a beat is vital for reading.
- I first became acquainted with Dr. Collins’ work through the 2014 short film she wrote that has become one of the most watched TED Education films ever made, called “How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain.” It’s phenomenal and it’s less than 5 minutes long; if you haven’t already seen it, do yourself a favor and watch:
- “The Music Advantage: How learning music helps your child’s brain and wellbeing,” will be available in the US March 2021 (pre-order now). In the meantime, it can be purchased and delivered globally at Book Depository (free worldwide delivery) and as an ebook at Booktopia.com.
- She also authored The Lullaby Effect.
- Anita Collins website
- Dr. Collins is founder of Bigger Better Brains and
- Founding Director of Rewire Foundation
- Facebook: @dranitacollins and @BiggerBetterBrains
- Twitter: @bb_brains
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- “Don’t Stop the Music” ABC1 documentary onscreen expert and campaign lead (2018)
- TEDx speaker “What if every child had music education from birth?”
Dr. Collins tells a story of her involvement in the Sydney Olympic Marching Band in 2000, leading a 2,000-musician international band in playing the Olympic Fanfare. She describes the moving experience of her physical body literally vibrating with the sound from the audience.