Reaching the Brain through Music

It holds the power to think, to feel, to speak, to dream, and to act. Discover the complexity and capabilities of the human brain as the Friday Center hosts a series about the most unique organ in the animal kingdom.

When Apr 26, 2012
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
Contact Name
Contact Phone 919-962-2643
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Whether you can barely sing “Happy Birthday” or can transpose a score from C major to F-sharp major, music is an everyday part of your life. From commercial jingles to classical elevator music, everybody can stop and say, “I’ve heard that before,” or “That reminds me of. . .” But why do some of us prefer John Coltrane and others of us like Lady Gaga? Why do we listen to classical music when we study and hard rock when we run? Why are people who suffer from Alzheimer’s unable to carry on a conversation, but able to sing along to every word to “Tennessee Waltz”? Why can those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury sing before they can speak? This presentation will discuss the universal power of music and its effect on the wonderful and extremely mysterious brain.

Elizabeth Fawcett, MT-BC received her bachelor’s of music therapy from East Carolina University. She has provided music therapy services for children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities while working at Cadenza Music Therapy, Inc. in Hollywood, Florida. She is currently working full-time at NC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with pediatric patients suffering from cancer, cystic fibrosis, and other medical conditions as well as geriatric patients in the Neurosciences Hospital. She also runs her private practice, Tar Heel Music Therapy, which provides music therapy services to different assisted-living, nursing, and rehabilitation centers in the Triangle area of North Carolina.

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