Community Outreach


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:

  • distributing the Brainstem toolbox, a freeware suite of stimuli and analysis routines
  • providing tutorials and guidance (via email and site visits)
  • quarterly publications and annual editorials for Hearing Matters in Hearing Journal
  • community newsletters for the BIOtots project.



Berkeley Breakfast Club. The Sound Mind. Online.

Israeli Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ISHLA). Presentation. Online.

Lake Shore Unitarian Society. The Magic of Music. Online.


Bookends & Beginnings – Small Business Saturday. Of Sound Mind Book Signing. Evanston, IL.

Matea Valley High School. Presentation. Aurora, IL.

Nequa Valley High School. Presentation. Naperville, IL.

Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago (EHS). Speaking on Of Sound Mind. Zoom.

Commonwealth Club of California, October 7, 2021. Of Sound Mind: How our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World.


Hideout, Field Museum. A Scientist Walks into a Bar. Online.

Kraus N. Richards Institute of Education and Research, Education Through Music (ETM), Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Kraus N. Modulating from Arts Research to R&D: Toward Scalability. National Endowment for the Arts -NEA- Washington D.C.
Kraus N. Guest Lecture. 12:30 – 3:00 pm, Lane Tech. College Prep High School. Chicago, IL.
Kraus N. Teaching music for brain health. Faculty Development Seminar, Music Institute of Chicago.
Kraus N. ARCS Illinois Spring Fundraiser. Sheely Center for the Performing Arts.
Kraus N. Music and the Mind. Cindy Pritzker Lecture on Urban Life and Issues with Renee Fleming, Harold Washington Library Center.
Kraus N. Guest Lecture. Lane Tech. College Prep High School.
Kraus N. Teachers and Educators. University of California, Riverside.
Kraus N. Public Lecture. University of California, Riverside.
Kraus N. Teaching music for brain health, Faculty Development Seminar, Music Institute of Chicago, Winnetka, IL 60093.
Kraus N. Northwestern University Brain Awareness Outreach (NUBAO), Northwestern University, Chicago Campus, Wieboldt Hall, Chicago, IL.

Kraus, N. Brain, Mind and Society, Learning for Life series Brain, Neuroscience, and Technology: The World Ahead, Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, Chicago IL.
Kraus N. Keynote – The Holtschneider Performance Center Grand Opening, DePaul University School of Music, Allen Recital Hall, Chicago, IL 60614.
Kraus N. Keynote – Voices of Medicine and Society November 5, Association of American Medical Colleges(AAMC), Learn Serve Lead 2018, Austin Convention Center.
Kraus N. Keynote – Music for Brain Health, Audio Engineering Society International Conference on Music-Induced Hearing Disorders, Columbia College, Chicago, IL.
Kraus N. Keynote – This Is Your Brain on Music: Neurobiology and the Power of Music, Chorus America Conference, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL.
Kraus N. Host and Organizer – Music and Brain Health. Music Therapy Conference. McCormick Auditorium, Allen Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. — Watch the full conference here
Kraus N, Lindley T, LaBella C. Sports Concussion and Sound Processing in the Brain. CommFest, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Wallace, R, Kraus, N. Robin Wallace discusses Hearing Beethoven: A Story of Musical Loss and Discovery, The Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Chicago, IL.
Kraus N. Head Banging: How music and concussions impact brain health, Chicago Council on Science and Technology, South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.
Say It With Rhythm – A Performance Demo with Dr. Nina Kraus featuring Mickey Hart (part of SoundHealth: Music and the Mind ), The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
Music and the Mind: The Concert – featuring Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Jason Moran, Renée Fleming, Drs. Sanjay Gupta, John Iversen, Nina Kraus, Charles Limb, Laura Trainor, and others (part of SoundHealth), The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
Kraus N. Sounds of Music: From Symphony to Science, Balboa Theater, MidWinter Meeting of the Associate for Research in Otolaryngology, San Diego, CA.
Kraus N. Music and the Brain. Contemporary Club of Chicago. The Casino Club, 185 E Delaware Place, Chicago

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

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.

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.
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.

Kraus N. Music and the Brain. League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. 220 S. Michigan Ave., The Thomas Club at Symphony Center.
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, U.S. Department of Education, Senate Education Staff. HC-8 U.S. Capitol, 10:00am – 3:00pm — conference brochure.

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.

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 (, 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.

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.

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.


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

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

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

Ounce of Prevention Fund, Chicago, IL
Evanston-based youth program Y.O.U.

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

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.”


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

Evanston Township High School’s Biology Honors Internship Program

  • Camilla Zecker
  • John Hruska
  • Sarah Latimer
  • Steven Medina
  • Adam Rubman
  • Jenya Rubman

Evanston Township High School’s Biology Honors Internship Program — Justin Pituch

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