Crescendos: Breakthroughs in Music as Therapy

Join us as we explore the power of music and its effect on the brain. We welcome Corene Hurt-Thaut for our keynote address, which will be followed by student research presentations and live musical entertainment.

When: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 6 pm
Where: Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration Required



6-6:30 pm / Interactive Student Research Poster session including topics related to:
Musical Neglect Training after Stroke
Music and Autism
Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation for Gait after Traumatic Brain Injury
Musical Attention Control Training in Alzheimer’s
Therapeutic Instrumental Music Playing to improve arm movements after Stroke
Using Music to Improve Resonance During Speech
Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation to Reduce Falls in Parkinson’s
Using Music to predict Suicide Risk in at Risk Teens

6:30-7 pm / Neurologic Music Therapy: Changing the Brain through Music, presented by Corene Thaut- Assistant Professor, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

This presentation will explore how music can be used as a facilitating stimulus to influence and change non-musical brain and behavior function in a variety of neurologic populations. Speech, Motor, and cognitive techniques will be explored through live interactive experiences.

7-7:10 pm / Music-based cognitive rehabilitation interventions to remediate cognitive impairment following an acquired brain injury, presented by Cheryl Jones- PhD Candidate in Music and Health Science

7:10-7:20 pm / Determining brain networks for long-term musical memory in Alzheimer’s Disease, presented by Veronica Vuong- Master’s student in Music and Health Science

7:20-7:30 pm / Vocal Intonation Therapy to train the voice after Cleft Palate Surgery, presented by Charlene Santoni-PhD Candidate in Music and Health Science

7:30-7:40 pm / Music (performance)

7:40-8:10 pm / Music Changing Brains and Changing Lives, presented by Jonas Vaskas

8:10-9 pm / Music / Posters / Networking/Wine and Cheese

Presented by Music and Health Science Research Collaboratory (MARC), Faculty of Music and Hart House.

About Corene Hurt-Thaut

Dr. Corene Hurt-Thaut received her master’s in music therapy, and her PhD with an interdisciplinary focus of music, neuroscience and statistical design, from Colorado State University. She served as a special assistant professor of music therapy from 1997-2014, teaching classes in piano technique, music therapy methods and counseling for psychiatric populations, music therapy methods in neuro-rehabilitation, research in music therapy, advanced techniques in neurologic rehabilitation, and seminars in neurologic music therapy. She was a research associate at The Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State University from 1997-2015, and the director of the international training programs of The Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy since 1999. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her clinical expertise in the evidence based practice of Neurologic Music Therapy, with clinical experience including 3.5 years as a music therapist at Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital and the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University Medical School in Atlanta and 4 years as a Neurologic Music Therapist at Poudre Valley Hospital and The Center for Neurologic Rehabilitation in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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