Symposium: 'Autism: Window on the Musical Mind'
You are invited to attend our BrainCanDo 'Music and the brain' symposium.
Date: Thursday 22nd February 2018
Time: 19.30 - 21.00
Where: Queen Anne’s School, RG4 6DX
We are delighted to announce that this symposium will be led by Professor Adam Ockelford and Derek Paravicini.
This lecture-recital, in the form of an extended TED talk, will examine the impact of autism on musical development, and consider what exceptionality can tell us about the everyday musical experiences that we all share. It offers a rare opportunity to for audience members to interact with Derek Paravicini, the world-renowned musical savant.
Born prematurely at just 25 weeks, Derek Paravicini has suffered from blindess, learning impairment and severe autism for his entire life. Despite his impairment, Derek has the unique gift of perfect pitch, and is able to play any piece of music after hearing it only once.
In 2010, Derek was featured on Stan Lee's "Superhumans", whereupon tests verified his musical ability and confirmed his savantism. He began playing the piano at two, and subsequently attended the Linden Lodge School for the Blind in London. He met a piano instructor, Adam Ockelford, on his first visit to the school; recognising his genius, Adam began to teach him. Derek gave his first concert in South London aged seven.
Professor Adam Ockelford has a background as a composer, performer, teacher and researcher. Adam is a Professor of Music at the University of Roehampton, the Chair of Soundabout, a charity supporting music provision for young people and founder of the AMBER Trust, supporting visually impaired children in their pursuit of music.
While attending the Royal Academy of Music in London, Adam started working with children with special needs - a number of whom, he noticed, had special musical abilities too - and he became interested in how we all intuitively make sense of music, without the need for formal education. Adam pursued this line of enquiry, and gained a PhD in music at Goldsmith's College in London in 1993, in which he set out his 'zygonic' theory of musical understanding. This theory has proved a valuable tool in music theory and analysis, in investigating musical development, and exploring interaction in music therapy and education.
Adam is currently Professor of Music at Roehampton University, where his research interests are in music psychology, education, theory and aesthetics - particularly special educational needs and the development of exceptional abilities; learning, memory and creativity; the cognition of musical structure and the construction of musical meaning.
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