Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory

Neuroeducation

Community Outreach

Community Connections

Kraus N. Director, Underrepresented Minority Recruiting (SOC)

Kraus N. Board of Trustees, Music Institute of Chicago

Kraus N. Scientific Advisory Board, Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music, McGill University

Kraus N. Scientific Advisory Board Member, National Public Radio (WBEZ)

Kraus N. Board of Directors, The Musical Offering

Kraus N. Harmony Project Expansion Task Force, a national expansion plan to replicate Harmony Project's model in (at least) 20 communities outside Los Angeles over ten years

Young Scientist Mentorship Program (see below)

To facilitate the dissemination of our biological approach, we provide ongoing technical support to laboratories by:

Federal and Community outreach

2017

Publications for Hearing Matters series in audiologist journal Hearing Journal.

Read them here.

Community newsletters for the BIOtots project.

Read them here.

Kraus N. Music and childhood development. Sound Health: Music and the Mind, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

Kraus N. Sound Health in Concert: Music and the Mind with the National Symphony Orchestra, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, Washington, D.C.

Kraus N. ARTSpeaks, Crouse Education Center, Aurora, IL.

Kraus N. Music and the brain. Community Music Division, DePaul University, Chicago, IL.

Kraus N, Music for brain health. Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, Ravinia, IL

Kraus N, Lab tour for members of Music Institute of Chicago. Evanston, IL

Thompson E, Lab tour for members of Lurie Children's Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Research Group. Evanston, IL

2016

Kraus N. Music and language - a brain partnership. The Virtual Music Education Conference.

Kraus N. ARO at the San Diego Symphony. Annual MidWinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. San Diego, CA.

Kraus N. Music and the brain: Lifelong impact on communication. Grainger Ballroom at Symphony Center, Chicago, IL.

Kraus N. Music and language: a brain partnership. Bravo Waukegan, John and Nancy Hughes Theater, Gorton Community Center, Lake Forest, IL.

Kraus N. A well-rounded education: biological benefits of music education. Briefing to the United States Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

2015

Kraus N. Science and Symphony Concert. A concert featuring The People’s Music School’s Youth Orchestra and films designed for the music by astronomer Jose Francisco Salgado. Dr. Nina Kraus will discuss music’s transformational positive effects on the brain. Chicago, IL.

Slater J, Kraus N. Orchestrating Vision: Conducting music research with community partners. Panel Discussion. Society for Music Perception & Cognition biennial meeting. Nashville, TN.

Strait D, Kraus N. Biological benefits of music training for the developing brain. The 1st International Symposium on Science for Education was an initiative of the Brazilian Network of Science for Education

View the talk.

Kraus N. Music Education and Student Learning. NPR/KPCC/Southern California Public Radio, 89.3 FM Los Angeles.

Listen to the NPR radio interview.

Slater J, Kraus N. Music as a Universal Language for Understanding, with Adrian Anantawan and Josue Gonzalez. The Foundation for Human Potential 10th Symposium. Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago, IL.

2014

Kraus N. Music and the Brain. League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. 220 S. Michigan Ave., The Thomas Club at Symphony Center, Eighth Floor.

Kraus N. White House Delegate, BRAIN Initiative

Kraus N. National Science Foundation's (NSF) Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) Advisory Committee Fall 2014 Meeting, Arlington, VA.

Kraus N. The biological benefits of music education. Briefing for House Education Staff. HC-8 U.S. Capitol, 10:00 am

For additional information please download the conference brochure.
Read about The Biological Benefits of Music Education.

Kraus N. The biological benefits of music education. Briefing for U.S. Department of Education. Conference Room 3W336, 1:00 pm

For additional information please download the conference brochure.

Kraus N. The biological benefits of music education. Briefing for Senate Education Staff. 430 Dirksen Building, 2:00-3:00 pm

For additional information please download the conference brochure.

2013

Kraus N. Federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts & Human Development: Public webinar on music education and neuroscience.

Kraus N. The Arts and the Brain: What Does Your Brain See? What Does Your Brain Hear? AAAS: The Neuroscience and Society Series, Panel Discussion. Washington, DC.

Kraus N. Historic Train Depot, Cade Museum, Gainesville, FLA, Music and its effects on the developing brain.

Kraus N. Arts and the Brain: Step in Time: The Effects of Music Experience on the Adult Brain. Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD.

Kraus N. Arts and the Brain: Step in Time: The Effects of Music Experience on the Adult Brain. Strathmore Performing Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD.

Biological Benefits of Musical Training in At-risk Children. Grammy Foundation.

Listening, learning and the brain: identifying early biomarkers of reading ability in preschoolers. Hyde Park Day School, Chicago, IL and Deerfield, IL.

How music-making shapes neurodevelopment during childhood. Oakton Elementary School PTA.

2012

Tuning up the Brain, Biological Benefits of Music Education. The Musical Offering, Faculty and parent orientation for fall events, Evanston, IL.

How to make a better learner: Does music education help? Evanston Township School Board and PTA, hosted by The Musical Offering, Evanston, IL.

Biological Benefits of Music-Making for Developing Brains. Presentation to the staff, board, students & supporters of the Harmony Project (www.harmony-project.org), a not-for-profit music mentoring organization working in LA's gang-reduction zones.

How to make a better learner: Does music education help? Evanston Township School Board and PTA, hosted by The Musical Offering, Evanston, IL.

Hearing and the Brain: Talk given to 1st through 5th grades. North Shore Country Day. Winnetka, IL.

2011

Chan K, Krizman J, Slater J, Kraus N. Guest editors for Music Cogntion U, a website that makes the latest findings from music research accessible to the public

How making music shapes developing brains: Implications for language, learning, and literacy. Learning and the Brain: The Science of Success. Chicago, IL.

The Auditory Neuroscience Lab and our Students: a Research Update. In-service training for educators and administrators of UIC College Preparatory School and Senn High School.

Musical training, language and the brain. St. Mary’s Diocesan School, Pretoria, South Africa.

The Auditory Neuroscience Lab and our Students: a Research Update. In-service training for educators and administrators of Pritzker College Preparatory School.

The Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory. Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Practice Makes Perfect: the Effect of Musical Training on Music Perception and Neural Encoding of Sound. Presentation for Illinois State Day, sponsored by Sigma Alpha Iota. Northwestern University. Evanston, IL.

How making music shapes brain development. University of Chicago Lab High School, Chicago, IL.

2010

Infant hearing and neural development. Seminar given to the engineering class at the Institute of Design. Chicago, IL.

Training your brain to hear better. Seminar series presented to Chicago-area community hosted by the Audiology Clinic, Northwestern University. Evanston, IL.

Effects of musical experience on the nervous system. Audio Engineering Society, Chicago Chapter. Niles, IL.

Practice Makes Perfect: the Effect of Musical Training on Music Perception. Presentation to the Northwestern University Cognitive Science Society. Northwestern University. Evanston, IL.

2009 and earlier

Neurobiology of speech and music and effects of training. Xeta Phi Eta Meeting (a Communication Arts and Sciences professional society). Evanston, IL.

Hearing with you brain...not just your ears. Northshore Senior Center. Evanston, IL.

Lab Tours

2016

Dr. Anita Collins, Churchill Memorial Fellowship visiting music educator and scientist

Marcia Lewis, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) League member and Northwestern University alumna; Linda Eisenhauer, CSO League member and Northwestern University Alumnae VP

Dr. Laura Polich, audiologist, Portland APD, a practice devoted to diagnosis of auditory processing disorders

Brenda Nguyen, Wellesley College neuroscience major, Evanston Township High School alumna

Dr. David Meyerson, developmental neuropsychologist, clinical psychologist

Eva Dittinger, doctoral candidate, Mirielle Besson’s Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives, Aix-Marseille Université

Karen Tzanetopoulos, speech-language pathologist, NSF-funded clinician researching auditory processing’s links to math instruction and learning

Mark George, CEO, Music Institute of Chicago

Tory Lindley, MA ATC, Associate Athletic Director, Director of Training Services, Northwestern University

2015

James Day, Vista Consulting Group, Vista Equity Partners

Dr. Barbara Canlon, Karolinski Institute and Hearing Research editor

Cara Ball, Austin Talks community reporter

Dana Mackenzie, New Scientist journalist

Read his article.

Jennifer Matsuzawa, The People’s Music School director

Dr. Angela Anthony, Eastern Illinois University CSD chair; Jennifer Preschern, private practice CCC SLP; Michael Gladstein, private practice psychologist

Dr. Karen Gordon, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

Dr. Nicole Russo-Ponsaran, Neurobehavioral Center, Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Laura Polich, audiologist, Portland APD, a practice devoted to diagnosis of auditory processing disorders

Dr. Sven Mattys, Psychology Department, University of York

Dr. Tracy Centanni, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGovern Institute of Brain Research

Myka Miller, Executive Director, Harmony Project, Los Angeles’ largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to music education for low-income youth

2014

Founders of the Rock ‘n’ Read Project, a Minnesota singing and reading intervention program, and the developer of TUNEin To Reading, software integral to the program

Judy Simpson, Director, Government Relations, American Music Therapy Association and colleagues

Dr. Joel Snyder, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Dr. Robin Wallace, Professor of Musicology, Baylor University and Beethoven scholar

Gwanghui Ryu, M.D. and Jinyoung Min, M.D., Northwestern otolaryngology residents

Executive board of Bravo Waukegan, a 501 (c)(3) organization focused on bringing music training to under-served suburban Chicago communities

Northwestern’s Office of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education/ETHS partnership coordinator, a program designed to provide high school students with cutting-edge learning experiences in academics, research and career exploration through collaboration with Northwestern

Todd Rundgren and directors of his foundation The Spirit of Harmony

2013

Ounce of Prevention Fund, Chicago, IL

Evanston-based youth program Y.O.U.

2012

Science in Action: Music teachers from UIC College Prepartory High School and Walter Payton Prepartory High School from Chicago, IL

2011

Music in the classroom: High school and grade school music teachers from Cook County, IL.

Participating schools: New Trier H.S.; Joseph Sears School; Middelfork School; Highcrest MS; Marie Murphy School; Sunset Ridge School

Psychology Club of the College of Lake County. "What is a science laboratory? A closer look into the Auditory Neuroscience Lab."

Hosted national and international educators as a satellite event for the Learning and the Brain Conference. "The Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, Music Education and Child Learning."

Young Scientist Mentorship Program

2013

Graham Straus, Evanston Township High School's Research Inquiry Skills & Experimentation (RISE) Program

2012

Camilla Zecker, Evanston Township High School's Biology Honors Internship Program

John Hruska, Evanston Township High School's Biology Honors Internship Program

Sarah Latimer, Evanston Township High School's Biology Honors Internship Program

Steven Medina, Evanston Township High School's Biology Honors Internship Program

Adam Rubman, Evanston Township High School

Jenya Rubman, Evanston Township High School

2010

Justin Pituch, Evanston Township High School's Biology Honors Internship Program

2009 and earlier

Alan Tyson, Morehouse College, Northwestern University Summer Research Opportunity Program (NU-SROP) Recipient

Maddie Reiches, Evanston Township High School's Biology Honors Internship Program

Dawna Bagherian, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Student Inquiry and Research (SIR) Program

Rachael Schastok, Evanston Township High School's Biology Honors Internship Program

In the news

2011

Chicago Tribune, November 18, 2011
Remarkable Woman: Kate Johnston, inner-city teacher helps kids unleash the star within.

Margaret Martin, Harmony Project Founder, Featured on NBC Nightly News
Margaret Martin awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for her work with children from the city's gang-infested neighborhoods

PBS' Turning Point, October 17, 2011
The Harmony Project: promoting positive development for at-risk youth through on-going, year-round music lessons and ensemble participation.