Symposium Singing in the Brain

The CICERO Learning Network and the Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU) are co-organizing a symposium 'Singing in the Brain Across the Life Span' in Helsinki on October 24.

The symposium will provide cutting-edge knowledge on the current research topics and novel findings on singing from the perspectives of music education, psychology, neuropsychology, logopedics, and cognitive neuroscience. It focuses on the developmental, learning, and rehabilitation aspects of singing.

The symposium is free of charge and it is open to anyone (including researchers, teachers, and students) interested in this field. A live stream will be made available during the symposium at the address


9:00-09:45 Registration and coffee
09:45 Opening words, Research Director Mari Tervaniemi
10:00-11:00 Prof. Graham Welch (University College London / UCL Institute of Education, UK): The value of singing in children's musical and wider development
11:00-11:30 Dr. Ritva Torppa (University of Helsinki / CBRU & Logopedics): Role of singing in children with cochlear implants and their families

11:30-12:30 Lunch at Unicafe Olivia

12:30-13:30 Prof. Boris Kleber (Aarhus University / Center for Music in the Brain, Denmark): The brain that learns to sing and is changed by it
13:30-14:00 Singing together (guided by Tuula Tenni, LauluAvain), followed by short break
14:00-15:00 Dr. Teppo Särkämö & Dr. Noelia Martinez Molina (University of Helsinki / CBRU) Singing and songs as rehabilitation tools in aphasia and dementia
15:00 Closing words, Dr. Teppo Särkämö

Singing in the Brain Across the Life Span
  • October 24, 2018
  • Minerva Plaza (Siltavuorenpenger 5A, 2nd basement floor)
  • registration by October 14
  • live streamed online