Music on the Mind

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Music, Mind and Mozart

Does listening to Mozart make you smarter? Can we experience intellectual transfer effects when learning a musical instrument?

Internationally acclaimed music educators and psychologists Professors Jane Davidson and Gary McPherson offer critical insights to unpick the impact of music on the mind.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Music, Mind and Wellbeing initiative at The University of Melbourne


Professor Gary McPherson is Ormond Chair and Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne.

Professor Jane Davidson is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and Professor of Creative and Performing Arts (Music) at the University of Melbourne.

Collaborators for more than 25 years, the researchers have produced acclaimed publications related to this topic, e.g., McPherson, Davidson and Faulkner (2012) Music in our lives: rethinking musical ability, development and identity; McPherson (2016) Child as Musician; Davidson and Deliège Music and the Mind (2011), all with Oxford University Press.


This production is part of the following series:

Music on the Mind

Music on the Mind investigates the power of music and its relation to social wellbeing, participation, learning and development as well as the role music plays in our contemporary communities.