Collaborative Research Seminar Series

The Collaborative Research Seminar Series brings noted scientists working in related disciplines of psychology, neuroscience, physiology, and kinesiology to share their current research with faculty and students in the School of Music. These seminars are the first step in developing collaborative relationships with colleagues who are working to learn more about the processes of human learning.


12-13 April 2018

Beatriz Ilari, PhD, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California

Beatriz Ilari, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the USC Thornton School of Music. She holds an Arts Licentiate Degree in Music from the University of São Paulo, a master’s degree in violin performance from Montclair State University, and a PhD in music education from McGill University. Before joining USC, she was Associate Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas in Austin (2010), and Associate Professor of Music Education at the Federal University of Paraná in Brazil (2003-2010). Using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, she has conducted extensive research with infants, preschoolers and school-aged children, to examine the intersections between music, child development, cognition and culture. Ilari is a member of the Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) research team and  a research fellow at USC’s Brain & Creativity Institute. Her research has been published in important journals including Research Studies in Music EducationEarly Child Development and CareJournal of Cross-Cultural PsychologyJournal of Research in Music Education, and Frontiers in Psychology. She has also published several books, including the recently released “Children’s home musical experiences across the world” (Indiana University Press, 2016). Ilari is currently the editor for Perspectives: Journal of the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association.

Video of a recent presentation by Dr. Ilari at TEDxYouth@CalTech can be viewed here.



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

Thursday 12 April

11:00-12:30 MRH 4.130 Professor Simmons' Class, Foundations of Music Learning

3:30-4:30 MRH 2.610 Public Seminar "Musical Development Revisited: Two Longitudinal Studies"

Friday 13 April

11:00-12:00  MRH 4.130 Professor Jellison's Class, Musical Development of Children

2:00-3:00  MRH 3.113M Professor Duke's Class, Human Learning and Behavior



Recent  Seminar Speakers

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

Laurel M. Trainor, PhDProfessor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behavior, and Director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, McMaster University

Matthew P. Walker, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, The University of California, Berkeley

Lawrence Abraham, PhD, Professor of Kinesiology, Institute for Neuroscience, The University of Texas at Austin

John M. Geringer, PhD, Lewis V. Pankaskie Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Music Research, The Florida State University

Clifford K. Madsen, PhD, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Music Education and Music Therapy, The Florida State University

Timothy Schallert, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Institute for Neuroscience, The University of Texas at Austin

Lawrence M. Parsons, PhD, Professor and Chair of Cognitive Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK

David Birdsong, PhD, Associate Professor of French and Italian, The University of Texas at Austin

Charles M. Shea, PhD, Professor of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University—College Station

Alison Preston, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, The University of Texas at Austin

Bharath Chandrasekaran, PhD, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Texas at Austin