On Wednesday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I interviewed pianist and graduate student in medical physics Eric Barnhill about “Cognition, Movement, and Music.” The podcast of that episode is now available for streaming or downloading.
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How does cognition connect to physical movement, tone, and rhythm? Can moving to music help the development of cognitive skills and capacities, particularly in children?
Eric Barnhill is a Juilliard-trained concert pianist and the creator of Cognitive Eurhythmics music movement therapy. He is pursuing a Ph.D in medical physics at the University of Edinburgh, where he studies brain-muscle interaction using magnetic resonance physics.
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- Duration: 1:02:34
- Download: Standard MP3 File (21.5 MB)
- Tags: Children, Education, Epistemology, Mind, Mind-Body Connection, Music, Parenting
- Eric’s background as a classical pianist
- Starting with movement therapy: the “Feldenkrais Method”
- Moving to the Dalcroze Eurhythmics
- Discoveries about music and movement
- Teaching children about music and movement
- On learning and music
- Activities at home and in the classroom
- Adults using these techniques
- Training horses and communicating with others
- Teaching developmentally disabled kids
- The problem with behavioral therapy
- Teaching well-off versus poor kids
- Noisy environments
- Eric’s plans in graduate school and beyond
- Eric Barnhill’s Web Site: Cognitive Eurhythmics
- TEDx: Empowering Through Rhythm by Eric Barnhill
- Roads Taken and Not Taken: Eric Barnhill ’95
- Feldenkrais Method
- Neural Connectivity, Music, and Movement: A Response to Pat Amos by Eric Barnhill
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