Achieving Social Change through Music

January 14, 2011 @ 9:30 AM
Clarke Recital Hall at the L. Austin Weeks Center for Recording and Performance

The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music will host two panels at the University of Miami’s 2011 Global Business Forum on January 13 and 14, 2011.

Achieving Social Change through Music, the second panel, will be held on Friday, January 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the Clarke Recital Hall at the L. Austin Weeks Center for Recording and Performance on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus.  It will be moderated by Margaret Martin, founder of the Harmony Project in Los Angeles.

Free parking: University of Miami Pavia Parking Garage, 5615 Pavia Street, Coral Gables, FL 33146

For registration information for the full Global Business Forum, please visit the UM School of Business website.

The panel will explore such topics as can music training and mentoring of at-risk youth provide a cost-effective means for addressing a wide range of public health problems – while developing future leaders? Dr. Shirley Brice Heath, Professor Emerita of Stanford University, Dr. Nina Kraus, Director of the Auditory Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University, and Dr. Margaret Martin, founder of nationally acclaimed Harmony Project, discuss the research that supports an asset-based approach to bridging the achievement gap for at-risk youth and addressing the myriad problems of our inner cities – through music. Research shows that reading disorders impair up to 10% of the population, incurring enormous social and financial costs to society and inordinately affecting low-income families. Work at Northwestern University’s Auditory Neuroscience Lab has shown that the very neural measures of speech processing that are deficient in such children are enhanced in musicians. Children from low-income families, however, have little access to musical training. Similarly, longitudinal studies of immersion in arts participation (across a range of media from visual to dramatic arts) indicate a reduction in behaviors that surround labels that mark young people for special education and some mental health services.

Margaret Martin, MPH, DrPH, Harmony Project Founder

Scheduled Panelists:
Dr. Margaret Martin, Harmony Project Founder
Dr. Nina Kraus, Hugh Knowles Professor, Neurobiology, Physiology and Otolaryngology, Northwestern University
Dr. Shirley Brice, Margery Bailey Professor of English and Dramatic Literature, Professor of Linguistics, Emerita, Stanford University
Guillermo Cespedes, MSW, Los Angeles Deputy Mayor, Office of Gang Reduction and Young Development for the City of Los Angeles


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Margaret Martin, MPH, DrPH, Harmony Project Founder