MTNA 2022

2022 MTNA Virtual Conference
March 26-30, 2022
This session: Tuesday, March 29,
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. EST

Music is Who We Are, Not What We Do


Cirelli, L. K., et al., (2014), Interpersonal synchrony increases prosocial behavior in infants. Developmental Science. 

Kirschner, S. and Tomasello, M. (2010), Joint music making promotes prosocial behavior in 4-year-old children. Evolution and Human Behavior.

Lindenberger, U. et al., (2009), Brains swinging in concert: cortical phase synchronization while playing guitar, BMC Neuroscience.

Sänger, J. et al., (2012), Intra- and interbrain synchronization and network properties when playing guitar in duets, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Svard, L., (2022) Music, Emotions, COVID – and the Brain, MTNA e-journal, 13, no. 3.

Wiltermuth, S. S., and Heath, C. (2009), Synchrony and cooperation,  Psychological Science.


Michigan Opera Theatre drives into the pandemic era with a fresh take on a classic

A Giant Violin Floats Down Venice’s Grand Canal


Steven Mithen, The Singing Neanderthals: the origins of music, language, mind, and body (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006).


What the World Needs Now

Cunningham Piano Online Ensemble

About the project:

It is Well with My Soul

a replica of a 42,000-year-old-flute being played

a replica of a 60,000-year-old-flute being played


David Patrick Stearns for The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Coronavirus forced the Philadelphia Orchestra to play to an empty house. And I was there to witness it

Fresh Air, Terry Gross with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, March 19, 2020:
How One Orchestra, Faced With A Pandemic, Played On

Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post

Dallas Street Choir

And watch for:

The Musical Brain: what students, teachers, and performers need to know, by Lois Svard, published by Oxford