Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

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Music and the Brain Workshop

Saturday July 14, 2018
Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall, Room 203

Special one-day Music and the Brain workshop with guest presenter Andrew Goldman

This one-day Saturday workshop will be held on the Carnegie Mellon University campus. The day will focus on the overlap of Dalcroze Eurhythmics principals and current scientific research. 


All attendees of the Summer Dalcroze Eurhythmics Workshops, One-Week or Three-Week may attend this Saturday workshop at no additional charge.

One-day only fee: $125 USD per person, payable by check to Carnegie Mellon School of Music with Dalcroze Training Center Therapy Workshop on the memo line.

  1. Please send an RSVP email to to reserve your space. Be sure to include your full name, address, phone, and current field placement.
  2. Please consider registering for the 2018 Summer Dalcroze Eurhythmics Workshops. This one-day Saturday Workshop is included in the registration for either the One-Week or Three-Week Summer Workshops. 
  3. If you would like to register for the July 11 workshop only, please send payment, $125 USD per person, payable by check to Carnegie Mellon School of Music (Dalcroze Training Center Therapy Workshop on memo line) to:

Dalcroze Training Center
School of Music
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

  1. You will receive registration confirmation via email upon payment.


Participants who withdraw from the one-day workshop before JULY 6, 2018 will receive a full refund. Participants who withdraw on or after July 6, 2018 will not receive a refund.

9:45am–11:00am Presentation: Scientific Work on Embodiment and Improvisation

This presentation will give an overview of how experimental and theoretical work on improvisation and embodiment is conducted in psychology and neuroscience.

11:30am–12:30pm Discussion and Seminar

This session will be a discussion with the topic of how scientific work might contribute to Dalcroze studies, and how to improve the communication between pedagogical and scientific forms of understanding. Scientific work that purports to advance an understanding of musical practice must be appropriately grounded in a thorough and critically informed understanding of that practice, and a great way to improve this is to have a discussion.
The session will build on the first presentation.

2:00pm–4:00pm Experimental Method Workshop

Another good way to improve communication between scientific and practical approaches is to share what is actually like to do an experiment. This helps those not familiar with experimental methods understand what actually happens in the lab in order to both appreciate it, but also, importantly, to better be able to critique it.

The session will demonstrate how data is collected, how it is processed, and how it is analyzed. I will demonstrate different kinds of equipment and software that are often used in this process, show how data are pre-processed and statistically analyzed, and provide more resources for those who wish to learn more.