“I’m an interpreter of stories. When I perform, it’s like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.”  

- Nat King Cole

Fireworks in the Musical Brain, with Dr Anita Collins

Saturday 2 March 2024 | 10am – 4pm


Neuroscience and psychology researchers have done extensive studies over the last 20 years to understand how the brain processes music and why music learning seems to be such a cognitively unique activity. Musically trained children have better language and communication skills, can focus for longer and are more likely to stick with difficult problems until they solve them, they are able to control their own emotional responses and understand emotional responses of others and they have significantly better working and long-term memory systems.


These enhancements then support higher levels of overall academic achievement, motivation, stress management, self-regulation and awareness. Most notably, music learning has been found to improve neural communication issues associated with autism, ADHD, dyslexia and reading and language learning delays. The research is now starting to reveal why music learning is so effective at enhance brain function.  Find out more.

The 15th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference (APPC 2024) will be held from Monday July 8 to Friday July 12, 2024 at Monash University, Clayton, VIC, Australia, hosted by the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance. With the support of major sponsors Kawai, Hal Leonard Australia, AMEB and Monash University, APPC 2024 will bring together academics, pianists, teachers, educators and students for a packed program of keynote presentations, masterclasses, workshops, concerts, lecture-recitals, academic and practitioner papers.  Find out more...