UM Frost School to Present Two Panels at 2011 Global Business Forum

January 03, 2011 — Coral Gables, FL — 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.

The first panel, Neurologic Music Therapy: A Bridge between Art and Science in Global Healthcare, on Thursday, January 13 from 4:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m. at the UM School of Business Administration, Alma Jennings Foundation/Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz Study Center, will be moderated by Shannon K. de l’Etoile, Ph.D., MT-BC, Program Director and Associate Professor, Music Therapy at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

This panel will focus on research that demonstrates that music can access brain processes related to movement, cognition, and speech and language production, thus offering an evidence-based approach to treating disease and injury of the central nervous system. The panel will explore how Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) improves various aspects of cognitive functioning, such as attention, memory, executive function and psychosocial behavior. The NMT approach to cognitive rehabilitation benefits a number of clinical populations, including patients with brain injury, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and substance-related disorders. Panelists will also discuss efforts to establish third-party reimbursement options for increasing consumer access to NMT services.

Moderator: Shannon K. de l’Etoile, Ph.D., MT-BC, Program Director and Associate Professor, Music Therapy at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

Scheduled panelists:
Michael Thaut, PhD, Professor of Music, Professor of Neuroscience, Colorado State University; Administrative Director, School of the Arts; Director of the Center for Biomedical Research in Music
David C. Good, MD, Department Chair, Neurology, Penn State Hershey
Sarah Thompson, MM, MT-BC, NMT, Music therapist and Reimbursement Specialist
Edgar Kaiser, Founder, Kaiser Foundation
Dr. Teresa Lesiuk, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, UM

The second panel, Achieving Social Change through Music, on Friday, January 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 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, will be moderated by Margaret Martin, founder of the Harmony Project in Los Angeles.

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:
Nina Kraus, Hugh Knowles Professor, Neurobiology & Physiology, Otolaryngology-Northwestern University School of Communication
Shirley Brice, Margery Bailey Professor of English and Dramatic Literature and Professor of Linguistics, Emerita, Stanford University
Guillermo Cespedes, MDW. Los Angeles Deputy Mayor who heads the Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development for the City of LA

For registration information, please visit the UM School of Business website.

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Shannon K. de l’Etoile, Ph.D., MT-BC, Program Director and Associate Professor, Music Therapy at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.