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Talk by Dr. Concetta Tomaino - “Awakening the Brain”
Tue 9 May 2017, 19:15 – 20:30 BST
“Awakening the Brain: Arousal and disinhibition in music therapy for neuro-rehabilitation"
Individuals recovering from stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) have many barriers to recovery. Some have damage to the frontal cortex which is responsible for executive function i.e. task planning. Endurance, on-task behaviors, and motivation may also be impaired. Clinical observation and research indicate that those with stroke and or TBI can and do benefit from prolonged engagement in active music making and music based improvisations. Additionally, neuroscience research is beginning to reveal the underlying brain mechanisms that are activated during musical improvisations. Presenter will draw examples from both clinical music therapy practice as well as current neuroscience research to explain therapeutic benefits of duration of active music engagement and improvisation in neuro-rehabilitation.
Dr. Concetta Tomaino is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and was Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at CenterLight Health System (formerly Beth Abraham Family of Health Services), where she worked from 1980 to 2016.
Dr. Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation. She lectures on music therapy throughout the world.
Her work has been featured in national programs including 48 Hours and 60 Minutes; in international programs including the BBC; and in books on health and healing. Dr. Sacks’ book Musicophilia is dedicated to her. Dr. Tomaino is Past-President of the American Association for Music Therapy and Vice President and founding board member for the International Association for Music and Medicine.
She received the Award of Accomplishment from Music Therapists for Peace at the United Nations. In 2014, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Music Therapy. In 2011 she received in inaugural Burton Grebin Innovator of the Year Award from the NY Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC ). She was honored with the 2010 Professional Practice Award from the American Association for Music Therapy and also as one of “Three Wise Women” by the National Organization of Italian American Women. In 2004 she received the Music has Power Award from the IMNF and the Zella Bronfman Butler Award which is given by the UJA-Federation of New York in partnership with the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation to professionals in the UJA-Federation agency network for their outstanding work on behalf of individuals with physical, developmental, or learning disabilities. In 1999 she received a Touchstone Award from “Women in Music” for her visionary spirit.
She is on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Lehman College, CUNY.