DSMTA 2022

Delaware State Music Teachers Association
Archmere Academy
Claymont, DE
19 November 2022

 The Importance of Music for Emotional Health

Videos seen in the presentation

Cunningham Piano Online Ensemble

Violinists across the world play for Ukraine

Paleolithic bone flute from Geißenklösterle, 37,000 years old

Paleolithic ivory flute from Giessenklosterle, 40,000 years old

11-month old twins moving to music

Nashville Studio Singers cell phone choir


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.

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.

Newspaper article

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


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

And please watch for my book in February 2023

The Musical Brain: what students, teachers, and performers need to know. (published by Oxford)