Aspen Music Festival hosts talk on music’s effect on the brain |

Aspen Music Festival hosts talk on music’s effect on the brain

Staff report

The Aspen Music Festival and School Salon and the Aspen Country Day School Speaker Series will co-present a free talk on music and its effects on the brain this evening.

Titled “How music can change your brain,” the 5:30 p.m. discussion will feature Music Fest president and CEO Alan Fletcher and its education director Katie Hone Wiltgen in conversation with journalist and Country Day parent Daniel Shaw.

The purpose of this event is to present and discuss scientific advancements in the understanding of how music affects mood, cognition and other brain functions. They will discuss the importance of intrinsic music study (learning music for its own sake) versus instrumental music study (meaning for the benefit of other functions and behaviors) will in relation to the education system.

Other topics of discussion will be the once popular “Mozart Effect” that has since been discredited and replaced with newer and more scientifically based theories about music and brain development, and the value of “whole child” education.

The event is free and open to all. It takes place in Edlis Neeson Hall on the Bucksbaum Campus. An RSVP is requested at