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Neuroscience + Music

Vocal Fry


Meryl Streep: The Fresh Air Interview

Who knew that actress and vocal chameleon extraordinaire Meryl Streep is connected to the great bel canto tradition? Listen to this fascinating and intimate interview, conducted by NPR’s Terry Gross, as Streep talks about channeling personality through voice:

“I don’t think of voice as being separate from the way you hold your head or the way you sit or the way you put on lipstick. It’s all a piece of a person…”


– and studying operatic literature with Estelle Liebling, herself a student of Mathilde Marchesi, who studied with Manuel Garcia:

“I was 13. I didn’t like opera. Ew. I liked cheerleading and boys — that was what I was interested in, and Barbra Streisand, The Beatles and Bob Dylan. But I loved singing. I loved it. And I did have a very good coloratura. … but it’s a voice I don’t have anymore. It was very high and light and free.”

“I learned the importance of breath. There was a thing I learned in my lessons from Estelle Liebeling about breathing from your back. … She would always say, there’s room in the back — that you expand three dimensionally. … I use it all.”


American Voices Symposium: Voice Training Today

PBS Frontline documentary film, “Digital Nation”;


Voice Science

Ingo Titze, Katherine Verdolini Abbott, Vocology: The Science and Practice of Voice Habilitation (Published by the National Center for Voice and Speech, 2012); order online at

The New Science of Mind

  • Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works (New York: W. W. Norton, 1997).
  • Howard Gardner, The Mind’s New Science: A History of the Cognitive Revolution ((New York: Basic Books, 1985).
  • Eric Kandel, In Search of Memory, (New York: W.W.Norton & Co., 2006).

Music and The Mind

  • Daniel J. Levitin, This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession (New York: Dutton/Penguin 2006): 125.
  • John A. Sloboda, Exploring the Musical Mind: Cognition, Emotion, Ability, Function (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).
  • Isabelle Peretz and R.J. Zattore (eds)., The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003).
  • David Ball, The Music Instinct, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • Gary Marcus, Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning (New York: Penguin, 2012)

Science and Art

  • David Dobbs:
  • Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind:Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future (New York: Penguin, 2005).
  • Jonah Lehrer, Proust was a Neuroscientist (New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin, 2008).

The Talent Myth

  • Michael J. A. Howe, Jane W. Davidson, John A. Sloboda, “Innate talents: Reality or myth?, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 21, 399–442 (1998).
  • Daniel Coyle, The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. (New York, NY: Bantam Dell, 2009).
  • K. Anders Ericsson, Ralf Th. Krampe, and Clemens Tesch-Römer, “The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance,” Psychological Review 100, no. 3 (1993): 363-406.
  • K. Anders Ericsson, The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance, (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006): 694.


  • Gary Marcus, The Birth of the Mind; How a Tiny Number of Genes Creates the Complexities of Human Thought (New York: Basic Books, 2004): 99
  • Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (New York, NY: Viking, 2002).

Neural Plasticity

  • Norman Doidge, The Brain that Changes Itself (New York: Viking Penguin, 2007).
  • Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (New York: Ballantine Books, 2006).

The Narcissim Epidemic

  • Jean Twenge and Keith Campbell, The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 2009).
  • Jean M. Twenge, Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before. (New York, NY: Simon and Schuster Free Press, 2006).
  • Jean M. Twenge, “Generational changes and their impact in the classroom: teaching Generation Me,” Medical Education 2009: 43: 398–405.
  • Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (New York: Ballantine Books, 2006).

Your Brain on Screens

Attention, Memory and Learning

  • Eric Kandel, In Search of Memory, (New York: W.W.Norton & Co., 2006): 5.
  • Brenda Patoine, “What’s the Real Deficit in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?”
  • Dana Foundation Briefing Paper (August, 2010): 2. (Accessed August 15, 2011).

The Science of Social Networks

  • Steven Johnson, Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software (New York, NY: Scribner, 2001).
  • Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives (New York: Little, Brown and Co, 2009).

Motor Learning Theory

  • Richard Schmidt and Timothy Lee, Motor Control and Learning: A Behavioral Emphasis (4th Ed); (Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2005): 399.


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