ArtsFusion Lecture: "What is this Thing Called 'Music'-Music in Human Adaptation" by Dori Berger

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 5:00pm

Fralin Auditorium

Music is everywhere. Throughout one’s day, there is exposure to “music” – in commercials, on the IPod or Radio, as a cue to station-break, and more. We listen when we’re sad, or happy, or studying, or calming, or entertaining, or dancing, and more.  If there were no music,  think of all the technological industries that would not exist! But what is “music”? Why is it on the planet? Why do we seek it? What do we mean when we say “music”? What does our brain look like when experiencing “music”? What is it about “music” that attracts the human being? Researchers from all walks of science, medicine, and education, have deliberated on these questions, and many have undertaken projects to answer many questions related to music in human function. Still, there are no clear answers!  
This lively presentation shares some thoughts and ideas related to what, in fact, this thing that is called “music”. You will hear varieties, and be asked to sense and think about what is happening to you when you hear certain “music”, what you feel in those moment, and much more.

Free Event

Dori Berger's Workshop

Saturday, October 19, 2013
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Collegiate Square
460 Turner Street NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060

About Dr. Dori Berger

Dr. Dorita Berger, PhD, is renowned in the field of Music-based Treatment and especially her work with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Her sensorimotor approach to treatment stems from her knowledge and interest in Dalcroze Eurhythmic movement activities, and  Physiologic Music Therapy, on which her PhD research is based.  A former concert pianist, Dr. Berger has several published books and articles on the subject, has lectured nationally and internationally on physiologic music-based treatment, has served on the faculties of several Universities,  was a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer in the Ukraine, and a Montclair State University Global Education Grant recipient to lecture, supervise clinicians, and present at the World Congress for Music Therapy  in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition to clinical services at her Music Therapy Clinic in Connecticut, Dr. Berger is adjunct faculty at Kean University, Union, NJ Conservatory of Music; and at  Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT., Dr. Berger’s book, Music Therapy, Sensory Integration and The Autistic Child is also available in a Korean-language edition, and was designated at one of the year’s best academic books (2013) by the National Academy of Sciences in Korea.  In addition to teaching, providing clinical work, and presenting special workshops through the country, Dr. Berger is currently working on her 4th book, on the adaptation of Eurhythmics as sensorimotor music-based treatment for ASD and other neurophysiologic disorders.