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Your Child's Brain on Music

The Central Coast Conservatorium of Music will bring Dr Anita Collins, award-winning educator, researcher and writer to the Central Coast in January to share her knowledge on why music learning is so effective at enhancing brain function.

Fresh from the ABC hit series, Don't Stop the Music, Dr Collins is internationally acclaimed for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student.

Anita is also known for her TED Ed lesson 'How playing an instrument benefits your brain" and her TEDx Talk "What if every child had music education from birth".

"Dr Collins' presentation has inspired me to challenge the teachers and administration staff at my school.... It reminded me to continue to be a strong advocate for music education to the parents" - Music educator (WA)

"I knew music was important to my students, and that the school seemed to have shifted dramatically since we started the music program - but Dr Collins showed me what was happening, and that is priceless" - School Principal  (NSW)

"I must admit I didn't really know how to support my son with his music. After hear her talk I now understand what is happening inside his brain and Anita has given me some great Ideas!" - Parent of a young trombonist (QLD)

The Central Coast Conservatorium works in 28 schools in the region with weekly instrumental programs. It provides individual tuition to more than 400 students. 

Patrick Brennan, Artistic Director of the Central Coast Conservatorium says, "so many parents are already aware of the powerful benefits of music on a young person's mind."

The Anita Collins public lecture is supported by the Central Coast Council - Laycock Street Theatre, Ray Allen & Family and Iain McGuire at Madcow Theatre Company.


Laycock Street Community Theatre 5 Laycock Street North Gosford


6:00pm - 8:00pm


$22 Adults
$15 Full-time University Student
FREE Child 0-Year 12


Mission Statement

We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.