Ep. 92: April is Autism Acceptance Month. One expert’s story and practical resources for music teachers of those with autism; with author Dr. Alice Hammel

Dr. Alice Hammel, co-author of Teaching Music to Students with Autism, shares the story of her journey to a vocation in music education for students with learning differences. We discuss the content of the books she’s authored, what music has to offer those with autism, and practical tips for parents and educators (both in classroom and private lesson settings).

Ep. 74: Why do birds (and insects and whales) sing? With David Rothenberg, PhD

Musicality is all around us in nature! An understanding of the musicality of animals brings vibrance to the world around us in unexpected ways. Dr. David Rothenberg is a musician and naturalist, and has played his clarinet along with birds, whales, and singing insects.

Ep. 27: Are musicians better able to pick up subtle emotional cues? with Dr. Nina Kraus

Brain research shows that musicians’ training increases their sensitivity to the emotion in all sounds – a highly useful skill in personal, business, and academic relationships. Dr. Kraus finds that “sound processing is biologically intertwined with listening and language skills,” and says, “Probably the healthiest thing we can do for our brains is to make music.”