338: Dr Anita Collins on the Research Behind Integrated Music Teaching

IMT EPISODE 338 - Dr Anita Collins on the Research Behind Integrated Music Teaching

Welcome back to another episode of our podcast where we unpack the research behind integrated music teaching with our returning guest Dr Anita Collins. As I delved deeper into the power of integration in music learning, I realized the significance of backing this approach with solid research and evidence. That’s why I turned to the incredible Dr Anita Collins, an esteemed educator, researcher, and writer renowned for her expertise in brain development and music learning.

In this captivating conversation, Anita brings forth her wealth of knowledge and experience to shed light on the research that forms the foundation of Integrated Music Teaching and its profound implications for music educators. Together, we explore the intriguing dynamics of “just in case learning” versus “just in time learning,” emphasizing the crucial role of emotion and meaning in education and uncovering strategies for enhancing memory retention. Additionally, we delve into the groundbreaking research of Stefan Koelsch and its direct relevance to integrated music teaching. Join us as we unlock the power of integrated music teaching and revolutionize our approach to music education.

  • Anita shared a brief overview of her background.
  • What is a linear or pigeonholed music lesson?
  • The “just in case learning” vs. “just in time learning”.
  • The 3-step approach of the Integrated Music Teaching model and how it connects to “just in time learning”.
  • How emotion and meaning is vital in education.
  • The Stefan Koelsch research and how it relates to integrated music teaching.
  • Tim shared 2 quotes from Anita’s research that relates to building connections and creating meaning for the student.
  • Bigger Better Brains and what it’s all about.

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Today’s Guest

338: Dr Anita Collins on the Research Behind Integrated Music Teaching

Anita Collins is an award-winning educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning. She is internationally recognised for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student. 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, as well as prominent TED talks videos. She is currently an expert education advisor for professional orchestras, public, independent and catholic school authorities, Australian and international media production companies, research expert for university, advocacy and non-for-profit organisations. Anita is also the founding director of the Rewire Foundation.

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