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Music: The Keys to Language and Reading

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14 Mar - 14 Mar 2020

Presenter: Dr Anita Collins

In our fourth annual symposium co-presented by Musica Viva, ASME and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, we are delighted to welcome back Dr Anita Collins, internationally recognised educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning.

Recent neuroscientific research has revealed the incredible relationship between music and language learning. Music and language processing share multiple neural networks in the young child’s brain and indeed music is our first language. The same research has examined the powerful and effective use of music learning to improve language acquisition through to reading fluently. Music is particularly successful in improving neural connectivity and may support the literacy levels of delayed readers, children with dyslexia and children whose reading is poor due to attention issues such as ADHD.

Come along to this symposium to:

  • learn more about the music and language connection
  • put into practice effective strategies based on research findings 

Dr Anita Collins is an award-winning educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning. Anita is best known for her role as on-screen expert and campaign lead for the Don’t Stop the Music documentary that aired on the ABC in late 2018. She is internationally recognized for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student. Over the last two years Anita has interviewed close to 100 researchers in labs across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia so she can share the most up to date research with educators. Anita is regularly invited to provide expert opinion in education, creativity, strategic direction and innovation.

Dr Collins is a consultant to the South Australian Government regarding the development of its Music Education Strategy, a 10-year vision focussed on strengthening and expanding the quality of music education across South Australian primary schools, preschools and early childhood services, to improve on literacy and language skills, build confidence and develop emotional and behavioural awareness.

Date: Saturday 14 March 2020

Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Cost: $50

Location: Thebarton Community Centre, South Rd & Ashwin Parade, Torrensville SA 5031

Suitability: Primary classroom teachers, music specialists, teaching undergraduates, primary school leaders and parents


Enquiries: Emily Kelly, Musica Viva, (08) 7320 3321, [email protected]

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Event Dates

  • Adelaide 14 Mar 2020 8:30 AM