Music: More than what you hear

Whether through our headphones or in the local coffee shop, music is an irrepressible part of our daily lives – and it is so much more than just the sounds that enter our ears.

In the latest Music on the Mind talk, esteemed speakers share their fascinating perspectives. Dr Amanda Krause explores how music cannot be isolated from our everyday experiences. Solange Glasser explains how synaesthesia can lead people to see or taste music and Kiralee Musgrove delves into how music can activate the reward centre of the brain and fundamentally change the way we feel.


Solange Glasser is a faculty member of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and is the convenor of a new online breadth subject entitled Creativity, Genius, Expertise and Talent. Her research interests include multisensory perception and exceptional abilities, with an emphasis on the impact of neurological conditions such as synaesthesia and absolute pitch on musical development.

Dr Amanda Krause is a post-doctoral research fellow at The University of Melbourne. She is interested in the social and applied psychology of music, and her research examines everyday music interactions, with an emphasis on considering listening technologies and the intersection of everyday music and well-being.

Fascinated by what happens in the brain when we feel musical craving and pleasure, Kiralee Musgrove is completing her PhD in music neuroscience at The University of Melbourne. She is clinically trained in neuropsychology, and passionate about using neuroscience research to inform music therapy for individuals with mental health difficulties.

This production is part of the following series:

Talking About Music

If you want to go deeper into what makes music work or the effect it has on our mind and wellbeing, Melbourne Recital Centre regularly presents informative and entertaining talks.

Music on the Mind

Music on the Mind investigates the power of music and its relation to social wellbeing, participation, learning and development as well as the role music plays in our contemporary communities.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre.

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