Why do so many physicists compare the universe to an orchestra? Why did Einstein use his violin playing to enhance his contemplation of the workings of the cosmos? The connection of music to science was illuminated early on when Pythagoras divided a string. Not surprisingly, from astrophysicists to quantum theorists, the common key to unlocking mysteries is math. And clearly, the study of sound, acoustics and the vibrational spectrum intricately entwine science and music through mathematical computations. Understanding music’s physiological effects on our brains and the body is the goal of a growing number of studies by neuroscientists. Learn about the correlations between these two overlapping worlds and why so many high professionals are musicians and musicians, scientists.
Janice Jarrett has extensive experience teaching in schools, colleges, community programs and as a speaker, from numerous free lance talks, to Arts Encounters (UA Presents), to the Arizona Humanities Council. Post Ph.D. she continued her scholarly interdisciplinary research including music and the brain, science, healing, and in culture. She runs a private music studio and like many musicians, she is a multi-professional: adding jazz singer, lyricist, arranger, band leader and journalist. She earned her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology, a masters in World Music, and a B.A. in voice and composition.