Grammy Foundation Funds a Study on Music’s Impact on Infants

April 10, 2012 — Coral Gables, FL — The University of Miami Frost School of Music announces the GRAMMY Foundation has awarded the school $20,000 for scientific research on infant response to music.

Professors Shannon de l’Etoile and Colby Leider will explore the ability of infants ages 6 to 9 months to entrain spontaneous movement with external, rhythmic auditory cues. While most adults can easily coordinate movements with rhythmic cues (i.e., stepping or clapping to an auditory beat), information is lacking regarding the development of such skills early in life. Motion-sensing technology will be used to assess infants’ spontaneous bodily movement demonstrated in response to rhythm. Findings will contribute to understanding perceptual and motor development, and will inform therapeutic intervention to address deficits in attention, speech, and extremity movement.

The award is one of 18 recently awarded by the GRAMMY Foundation’s grant program to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of subjects. The grant program is generously funded by The Recording Academy and to date, has awarded close to $5.8 million to more than 300 projects. For more information, please visit


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The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. With over 700 students and 100 faculty, it is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School.

The mission of the Frost School of Music is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings.

The Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology, was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, and Studio Music and Jazz. Renowned for its Instrumental Performance programs, it is the home of the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Concert Jazz Band and is a leader in vocal training with the Frost Opera Theater, Frost Chorale and other notable choirs.

Frost is the exclusive home of the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum which fully integrates performance, music history, ear training, music history and composition through chamber music and skills ensembles; the Henry Mancini Institute which provides students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series which brings free music master classes and lectures to the community; and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program which develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting.

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UM Frost School of Music awarded grant by The Grammy Foundation for music research on infant response to music.