Music, Mind and Medicine:
Creativity and Consciousness in Clinical Care

Conference Synopsis

Music, Mind and Medicine: Creativity and Consciousness in Clinical Care is a two-day event that will present and examine the current state of  scientific, artistic, and clinical thinking around the use of music in therapy, medicine, and education. A group of world class experts, many of whom are trained both as scientist-clinicians as well as highly accomplished musicians in their own right, will convene to meet the primary objectives of the conference:

  1. The presentation of the most contemporary thinking and "cutting edge" research related to the neuroscience of music and its relationship to therapy, medicine, and human development
  2. Emphasize the unique social and emotional characteristics of improvisation and its connection to creativity and consciousness
  3. Development of the most important questions and methods to pursue for future research, clinical practice, brain development, and expansion of artistic expression.  

Through a series of presentations, performances, and experiential opportunities, the panel and conference attendees will engage in a dialogue structured to deepen our understanding of all aspects of music production and perception. This includes the musical and extra-musical processes involved with extemporaneous music-making, the underlying neural correlates of improvisation, and the application of that knowledge toward clinical applications of music. Both days of the conference will include performances, lectures, and audience participation to generate a more complete understanding of music, creativity, and improvisation, including its cognitive, emotional, and social implications.

Interested attendees will include physicians, musicians, health care practitioners, educators, music therapists, and psychologists/counselors; generally, those involved with research, music, and/or the clinical treatment of people with developmental, neurologic, and mental health disorders.

Conference Concert: In Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the School of Music at Western Michigan University

An evening concert will feature Grammy-nominated and MacArthur "Genius" award winner, Regina Carter and the Regina Carter quartet. Through her albums, incessant touring and various guest appearances and collaborations, Regina has developed into a distinctly diverse musical personality. She has repeatedly toured throughout the world, was the first jazz artist and African American to play Niccolo Paganini's famed Guarneri "Cannon" violin, has been featured with several symphony orchestras and performed with artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Kenny Barron and Mary J. Blige.