Education Professors to participate in BBC Radio 3 series 'Why Music?'

Two acknowledged experts in the field of music education from the University of Roehampton will be appearing as part of a high profile BBC Radio 3 series called Why Music?

Posted: 24 August 2015

BBC Radio 3 listeners will be fortunate to hear from both Professor Adam Ockelford and Professor David Hargreaves in three separate programmes. As experts in their field they were approached by the BBC to contribute to the weekend.  

Professor Ockelford will be part of a discussion, with a number of respected musicians and music specialists called ‘Why Music?’ on Radio 3’s afternoon programme In Tune on Friday 25 September. On Saturday afternoon he will join Claudia Hammond to discuss music and health in Music as Medicine live from Wellcome Café. This segment will discuss music’s effect on mental and physical health. It will explore how music can help both physical and mental wellbeing, and look at health problems encountered by musicians.

Professor Ockelford has been involved in music for many years working as a composer, performer, teacher and researcher. He has a particular interest in special education needs and the development of exceptional abilities.

On Saturday 26 September Radio 4’s Claudia Hammond talks to Professor Hargreaves about the ways in which music can influence the brain from a neurological perspective: people’s musical tastes, education and preferences shape more than just their social lives.

Professor Hargreaves has a long career in education and he specialises in developmental and social psychology and arts education, particularly music, and has published a number of research projects surrounding musical preference, computers in music education and peer collaboration in musical composition.

Why Music? is a partnership between BBC Radio 3 and the Wellcome Collection. Full listings of the weekend’s events and performances will be available soon on Wellcome Collection’s website. Tickets to all the performances are free and will be available from Friday 28 August via Wellcome Collection’s website.

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