Conference Plenary Session Presenter ~ Lois Svard
Pianist Lois Svard has received critical acclaim for her performances and recordings of contemporary American piano music. She is also well-known for her work in applying current neuroscience research to the study and performance of music. She has presented her work at numerous colleges and universities and at national science conferences and at national and international music conferences including ISME, MTNA, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the London International Piano Symposium and the European Piano Teachers Association. She has taught a university course on neuroscience and music and writes The Musician’s Brain, a blog that has introduced readers in more than 120 countries to some of the latest research in neuroscience and music.
Svard received her DMA from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and is Professor of Music Emerita at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where she received the 2007 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the 2014 Artistic Achievement Award.
Plenary Session Description:
The Musical World of Infants
We tend to think of music as something that we learn, and that somewhere around the age of 5 or 6 is a great time to begin learning music. But there is no age barrier to learning music. Infants are born with amazing melodic and rhythmic abilities, unfortunately often lost by the age of one because we don’t nurture those abilities. We don’t even realize infants have them. We need to help every infant become the musical person they are by (forgetting the concept of appropriate age and) changing the “how” and “when” of teaching music.