KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Dr. Daniel Levitin

When it comes to talking about music education, research, teaching, or performance, Dr. Daniel Levitin is often hard-pressed to decide which one to start with.  He’s certainly had enough experience with all four to know what he’s talking about.

A widely-recognized neuroscientist, musician, audio engineer, and author of two best-selling books, Levitin delivered the Keynote Address during Thursday’s General Session, keeping a full house in rapt attention for over an hour as he ranged from explanations of his music-brain research at McGill University in Canada to stories of working with such famous musicians as Stevie Wonder and Sting, and on to the theory of “10,000 hours of practice” and how it relates to learning music.

Afterwards, Levitin drew a long line of well-wishers at a book signing, during which he autographed copies of “This is Your Brain on Music” and “The World in Six Songs.”

His next book “The Organized Mind” will be published and available in August.


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]Nelson Duffle, NAfME Digital Communications Manager, April 10, 2014. © National Association for Music Education  (