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The faculty and students in the Center for Music Learning investigate the processes of human skill development, integrating the results of systematic research from multiple disciplines with effective practices in music performance and pedagogy. By bringing together expert teachers, performers, composers, psychologists, neuroscientists, and physiologists, the activities of the Center encompass the fundamental dimensions of human learning. Our goal is to inform the design of curricula, the implementation of instruction, and the assessment of learning, all premised on a deep understanding of cognitive-, perceptual-, and motor-skill development, and the shaping of attitudes and emotions that are a part of every meaningful learning experience.

You will find on our website, in addition to descriptions of the Center's activities, a wide range of resources that include research reports, open-source instructional materials, and links to other valuable resources available online. If you're new to CML, my colleagues and I invite you to explore what's here and learn about our work. We hope that you and your students will be inspired to think about music and human learning in ways that you may have yet to consider.

Bob Duke, Director

 

UPCOMING SEMINAR SPEAKERS

6-7 April 2015

Jayne M. Standley, PhD, Ella Scoble Opperman and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Music Therapy, The Florida State University

Jayne M. Standley, Ph.D., MT-BC, NICU-MT is a Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor at The Florida State University and the Ella Scoble Opperman Professor of Music with a courtesy appointment in the College of Medicine. Standley’s research area is music therapy for developmental care of premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She is the author of 9 books and numerous refereed journal articles and is former editor of the Journal of Music Therapy.  Standley directs the Music Therapy academic program at FSU, the clinical Medical MT and Arts in Medicine Programs in partnership with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Tallahassee, and the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy. Dr. Standley has received the Publication, Merit, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Music Therapy Association and Florida State University honors of Distinguished Researcher, Named Professor, Lawton Professor, and multiple teaching awards. Standley is recognized internationally as the foremost authority on medical music therapy and use of music for infant neurodevelopment. Researching the effect of music on premature babies, she found that they increased their suckling rates 2.5 times when exposed to music, thus  leading to improved feeding skills and earlier discharge. Her research led Standley to develop a musical pacifier device that has received a U.S. patent and been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.   Standley's work with preemies also led to the establishment of most of the musical protocols used in hospital neonatal units throughout the world today.

Standley is recognized internationally as the foremost authority on medical music therapy and use of music for infant neurodevelopment. Researching the effect of music on premature babies, or "preemies," she found that they increased their suckling rates 2.5 times when exposed to music, thus  leading to improved feeding skills and earlier discharge. Her research led Standley to develop a musical pacifier device that has received a U.S. patent and been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.   Standley's work with preemies also led to the establishment of most of the musical protocols used in hospital neonatal units throughout the world today

Residency Schedule

Monday 7 April

9:30 AM  Pre-lecture refreshments, ground floor, MRH

10:00-11:30 AM  Lecture: The Music Path: Wiring Neural Circuits in the Infant and Fetal Brain

2:00-3:30 PM  Meeting with students, MRH 2.615

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Dr. Standley's visit is sponsored by the College of Fine Arts as part of the Discoveries in Art + Health lecture series.