Janice_Jarrett_crop1Do theories like the “Mozart effect.” asserting that music rewires the brain, have any validity?  Is it true that adding music to a third grade curriculum can have a dramatic effect on math and language scores? Why were the ancients concerned about the power of music?

The provocative power of music has been acknowledged since antiquity.  Modern scientists who study our complex relationship with music are beginning to find some of the reasons why.

Janice Jarrett, a writer, educator and musician, will address the most recent studies and continuing controversies surrounding music and the brain and the implications for your own creative and learning processes.

Sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council, Jarrett’s talk is scheduled for next Thursday (June 20) at 3:30 p.m. at the Arizona Senior Academy.

The talk will consider what happens in our brains when we make music or when we just listen to it.  Jarrett says she hopes the audience “will take away a better understanding of music’s value as well as some fascinating facts about its effect on us.”

Jarrett has a B.A. in voice and composition from Antioch College and a M.A. and Ph.D in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University.  As a college professor she developed curricula and produced concerts and festivals.  She moved to Los Angeles where she founded Borrowed Time, a five voice jazz group.  After coming to Tucson she continued to perform and teach.  She also has written profiles and reviews for the Arizona Daily Star and other newspapers.

Submitted by Priscilla Moore, Academy Village Volunteer

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Can Music Really Make Us Smarter?: June 2013