Dr Anita Collins

Neuromusical Educator

Exploring the use of music education to enhance development and performance

Dr Anita Collins is an award-winning educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning. She is internationally recognized for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student. Over the last two years Anita has interviewing close to 100 researchers in labs across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia so she can share the most up to date research with educators. Increasingly Anita is being invited to provide expert opinion on education, creativity, strategic direction and innovation. Anita is founder of Bigger Better Brains, an education program for the global music education community about the application of neuromusical research.

 Anita experiencing The Dome technology for measuring movement and sound connections at BRAMS Lab Montreal

Anita experiencing The Dome technology for measuring movement and sound connections at BRAMS Lab Montreal

Anita presents regularly on radio and television and in 2018 will take up the role of onscreen expert and campaigner for the three-part ABC documentary Don’t Stop the Music. This documentary and campaign will focus national attention on the benefits of music education for all children in November. Anita is currently expert education advisor for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Independent School Association, BrandAnyonmous Productions in the UK, Artemis Productions in Australia, Music Education Research Counsellor for Music Australia, a Founding Director of the Rewire Foundation and Associate Fellow of Music, Mind and Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne.

Anita is a prolific and eclectic writer, including the “The Lullaby Effect”, opinion columns for The Age and The Conversation, authored papers for international peer-reviewed journals, guest author on international sites and specialist technical writer for OECD Education Framework 2030. Anita is the author of one of the most watched TED Education films ever made, she a Churchill Fellow, a TEDx speaker and will soon release a book for expectant and new parents called The Lullaby Effect.

 Anita as Musical Director of Barnum: The Musical - Photograph by William Hall

Anita as Musical Director of Barnum: The Musical - Photograph by William Hall

Anita brings a wealth of experience as an active educator to every presentation. She is an experienced classroom teachers and conductor (Canberra Grammar School) across the breadth of beginner to advanced musical performers. Anita has been musical director for three award winning productions and she has over a decade of experience as a teacher educator across all areas of tertiary education (University of Canberra and the Australian National University). Anita is also a creator, commissioning and conducting the world premiere of the The Goulburn Concerto by Sean O’Boyle, a work specifically written to bring professional musicians and disadvantaged children together as equal partners in performance. 

 

  B.Mus (ANU), Grad Dip Ed (UC), MEd (Deakin), PhD (Melbourne)

B.Mus (ANU), Grad Dip Ed (UC), MEd (Deakin), PhD (Melbourne)

Dr Collins’ presentation has inspired me to challenge the teachers and administration staff at my school, even though they are very supportive of the music program. It reminded me to continue to be a strong advocate for music education to the parents.
— Music educator (ASME WA Summer School)
This is a quick message to congratulate you on your work ... I can’t wait to check out your text and your website. Thank you, Thank you!
— Barbara (Northern Michigan University)
I must confess I’m as guilty as most parents of failing to provide feedback even when it’s deserved. But to do so in this instance [band performance of The Pines of Rome in the round] would be the equivalent of walking past a Rembrandt.
— Parent of young musician (Canberra, Australia)
I think your [TED Ed] film is brilliant. As a college music professor, I am forever looking for new ways to explain the importance of music to the development of intelligence to my students, both majors and non-majors, as well as to community educators and leaders. Your video will help advance my efforts. Thank you!
— Melissa (Texas, U.S.)
I am a doctor who retired from medical practice to pursue a different career and now I am doing a graduate program in music education. Two of my classes talked about this [TED Ed lesson] and it was really exciting for me. Wonderful job!
— Kathy (Oregan, U.S.)
Just watched your TEDx Talk. WOW - a message that has been close to my heart [and] so wonderfully presented ... Thank you for choosing to make THAT your talk
— Winfired (Australia)