Presenters List

Friday March 16, 2007

7:00 pm Symposium Opening: Dr. Peter McAllister, Director, University of Arizona School of Music (See bio in breakout session Sat pm.)

7:15 pm Lecture Demonstration in Crowder Hall, School of Music, University of Arizona

Dr. William S. Bickel, Prof. Emeritus University of Arizona Dept. of Physics – “ The Physics of Music: From Nanometer Guitars to Light -Year Black-Hole Bassoons. What are the Limits?”

  • William S. Bickel, Ph.D. is a University Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Arizona. He is an experimental physicist in the research areas of Atomic Physics, Optical Spectroscopy, Optics of Small Particles, Non-Linear Optics and Acoustics. His main interest is in the spectra of atoms and ions and the measurement of atomic, ionic and molecular cross-sections, mean lives and transition rates. These numbers are needed to determine the age and size of the Universe, the composition of stars and galaxies and trace elements in earthly matter. He uses particle accelerators (Van de Graaffs) to accelerate fundamental particles, atoms and ions and cause them to interact with gases, liquids and solids. His optical research deals with the scattering of polarized light from small particles to study fundamental properties, pollution, atmospheric phenomena, small defects in optical material and time dependent reactions in bio-material. He has developed course material for over 17 science/physics/math courses including laboratory classes in Spectroscopy, Optics, Acoustics, Light Scattering, Optical Interferometry, Vacuum Techniques, Accelerator Physics, Basic Electronics and Imaging/Detector Physics. He has won awards for innovative and outstanding teaching and for his long term contributions to quality education.

Dr. Alexander Tentser, University of Arizona Dept of Music, Pima College Dept of Music. (See bio in breakout session Sat am.)

  • Dr. John Ritter, Artist-in-Residence University of Arizona Dept of MusicJohn Steele Ritter has had a distinguished career as a pianist and teacher. As professor of music at Pomona College in Claremont, California from 1963 to 1991, Mr. Ritter was active in southern California as a performer of solo recitals, concertos and a wide variety of chamber music. Mr. Ritter is best known for his 25-year collaboration with the (late) renowned flutist, Jean-Pierre Rampal. Together they performed over 500 concerts throughout the world and made more than a dozen recordings. Mr. Ritter also collaborated with oboist Heinz Holliger from 1980 to 1994. Professor Ritter is happy to continue an active retirement this year as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Arizona.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

8:00 Opening of the Morning Session: Dr. Angela LaSalle (See bio in breakout session Sat am.)

Invocation: Rev. Dr. Jonathan Ellerby, Canyon Ranch, Tucson, Az.

  • Rev. Jonathan Ellerby, Ph.D., is the Director of Spiritual Programs and Services at Canyon Ranch, Tucson. Jonathan holds a BA from University of Regina, an MA from the University of Manitoba and Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Foundation. For 20 years Jonathan has explored healing systems and spiritual traditions through his studies and travels around the world. He has learned with holistic healers and spiritual leaders from more than 35 different cultures. Jonathan has published in the fields of holistic health, spirituality and health, and organizational wellness. Jonathan is an ordained Interfaith minister with years of experience as a speaker, consultant, and integrative healing practitioner.

Plenary Presentation: Dr. Manfred Clynes, Lombardi Cancer Center, Department of Oncology, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University
Washington DC – “Body-Mind Interaction of Qualia of Expression, in Life and in Music.”

  • Manfred Clynes holds a D.Sc. degree from the University of Melbourne,  an M.Sc from Juilliard, and a B.Sc.Eng from the University of Melbourne. He resides in Sonoma CA, and is adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, Oncology and Physioliogy Depts., and has not ceased to be creative, and is still trying to improve his piano playing.  He is recognized for his invention of the CAT computer for the study of the electrical function of the brain, discovery of sentic cycles and is the holder of some 40 patents which are used all over the world. He discovered the biologic law of Unidirectional Rate Sensitivity or Rein Control, for neural sensing and hormonal systems, and even plant  physiology. In music his SuperConductor(r) software program incorporates related deep principles of musicality which he discovered in the 1980s when Director of the Music  Resarch Center in Sydney of the University of Sydney, Conservatory of Music, founded for his work. His hundreds of interpetations on SuperConductor of the works of Beethoven, Bach and Mozart have been praised as superlatively beautiful. His piano performances, recorded live, of the Goldberg Variations of J.S. Bach, and of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations are considered unsurpassed. Applying for three patents last month, he also recorded Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.  The last movt. of this will be played at this presentation.

9:30 Listening Break

10:00 – 11:30 Breakout Sessions:

Session 1: Neuroscience/Biochemical

Chair: Dr. Philip Malan –

  • Philip Malan, Ph.D., M.D. is the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Arizona, School of Medicine. He is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology. He holds a BA, 1973 Univ Of California Irvine BS, 1975 Univ Of California Irvine PhD, 1981 Harvard University Ma MD, 1985 Univ Of Ma Worcester.

Dr. Angela LaSalle – “Harmonies of Hormones

  • Angela LaSalle, RN, MD, is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine, board certified in Family Medicine, and is a 2004 graduate of the Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona. She maintains membership in the American Association of Family Practice and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Dr. LaSalle's undergraduate career includes an A.A.S and B.S. degree in Nursing from Purdue University and work experience as a Registered Nurse in substance abuse, dialysis, surgery, and critical burn care. After completing her Integrative Medicine fellowship, Dr. LaSalle decided to return to her love of preventative medicine and education, and left behind a successful urgent care practice to join with Dr. Ashok Kadambi at Fort Wayne Endocrinology. She maintains a progressive practice that focuses on treatment of Thyroid disorders, Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, and Bio-Identical hormone replacement. She is the co-founder and Medical Director for Belle Sante Medical Spa, which provides intensive nutritional and lifestyle management. Dr. LaSalle participates as clinical faculty for multiple universities, including Indiana University School of Medicine and Saint Francis University, Fort Wayne, and is a frequent speaker for radio and community events.

Dr. Andrea Norton– “From Singing to Speaking: Music-facilitated Language Recovery”

  • Andrea Norton, Ph.D. is a musician, educator, and researcher who has spent more than 25 years working in a variety of musical capacities with people of all ages. After earning a degree in Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College where she specialized in voice, choral conducting, and the development of children's choirs, she started a number of children’s choir programs in Northern New Jersey and Massachusetts, spent many years working with adult choirs, and for the past fourteen years, has served as artistic director and conductor of the Swallow Cave Singers, an a capella group whose primary focus is Renaissance choral music. As an educator, Andrea has taught private lessons to a host of young musicians throughout her career, and more publicly, spent 6 years at New England Conservatory’s Research Center for Learning Through Music (LTM) conducting educational research centered around LTM, a program that puts music at the core of learning by using musical concepts and processes to teach other academic subjects. In addition to co-authoring the Handbook for the Learning Through Music and working as the LTM Vocal Music Specialist in the schools, she designed and implemented music-centered academic curriculum, music assessments, and teacher workshops in Greater Boston and Minneapolis. After years of watching music’s positive effects on children in public school classrooms, ensembles, and private lessons, Andrea joined Drs. Gottfried Schlaug and Ellen Winner in 2002 to conduct a longitudinal investigation of the effects of music learning on children’s brain growth and cognitive development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School’s Music & Neuroimaging Lab. Funded by NSF, IFMR and the Dana Foundation, this study is currently in its 5th year. Also in collaboration with neurologist/musician Gottfried Schlaug, Andrea’s most recent work examines the neural and behavioral effects of an intensive music intervention (Melodic Intonation Therapy, (MIT)) on post-stroke language recovery. Trained in the MIT method by Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, one of its developers, Andrea has conducted the therapy sessions with the aphasic patients on whom this research is focused, and documented their progress over the course of treatment. This research allows her to put her love of music, knowledge of singing, and experience in education and research to use toward increasing our understanding of music’s role in facilitating language recovery.

Session 2: Music as an Agent of Change

Chair: Dr. Alexander Tentser – “Expanding Mind through the Language of Music”

  • Alexander Tentser, Ph.D., is a graduate of Ukrainian State Special Music School for Gifted Children in Kiev and the Russian Music Academy where he was a student of Professor Theodore Gutmann, (an assistant of Henry Neuhaus.) Dr. Tentser graduated from the University of Arizona with a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 1996. In 1997 he became a Music Faculty member at both Cochise College in Sierra Vista, and Pima Community College in Tucson, and in 2005 he joined the Faculty of the University of Arizona. Known for his insightful presentation in such television specials as “Shostakovich Reflected”, he is nationally recognized as both a pianist and conductor.

Dr. Sandra Mace - “Educating Musicians in Hearing Loss Prevention: Accepting Responsibility”

  • Sandra Mace Ph.D. is the Program Coordinator of the Music Research Institute at the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on sound-level exposure to musicians, hearing loss among musicians, and use of hearing protection devices by musicians. Dr. Mace is a certified by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation. Hearing education presentations have been made to regional, national, and international audiences, including North Carolina Music Educators, National Association of School of Music, and the International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition. She has worked at the MRi since 2003 and has taught music in schools for 14 years.

Dr. Martin Gardner - "How do we change as we learn music?"

  • Martin F. Gardiner, Ph.D., is currently at the Center for the Study of Human Development, Brown University, Providence, R.I., and at New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Mass. He has an A.B. in Physics from Columbia University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and training in Brain Research that includes a Ph.D. and Post Doctoral work at University of California, Los Angeles. He continued brain research at Harvard Medical School. His musical training includes work at Columbia University, Stanford University, New England Conservatory of Music, and the Kodaly Institute in Hungary. He was lead author of a study showing impact of musical and visual arts training on broader learning published in the international journal of science Nature in 1996. More recent work with colleagues continues to study connections between musical and visual arts learning and broader cognitive, social and emotional learning in children and adults. His work in the ACT (Arts for Critical Thinking) project in Tucson applies this and related research to using music and visual arts to assist broader learning in Elementary grades.

Session 3: Science and Music

Chair: Dr. Katherine Creath

Dr. Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D. – “Music as the energy of Life: New Research.”

Dr. Melinda H. Connor, Ph.D., AMP, - “Frequency, Water and Memory Storage: Is there a second system?”

  • Melinda Connor, Ph.D., is the Director of the Karen Connor Optimal Healing Research program at Dr. Gary Schwartz’s Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on Biofield therapies. Dr. Connor holds a MA in Counseling Psychology from University of San Francisco and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California Coast University. In addition, she has completed a one year Neuropsychology rotation and a three year post doctoral fellowship in CAM Research Methodology with Dr. Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine under the direction of Dr. Iris Bell. Dr. Connor is a board certified Alternative Medicine Practitioner by the American Alternative Medicine Association

Karma C. Kientzler, Movement Therapist- “Healing the Musicians Repetitive Injury: The Dance of Music and Movement.”

  • Karma Kientzler, is the former Vice President of Fitness and Development at Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ and a graduate of Utah State University. Curently the President of Karma and Company she is a pioneer in the movement and fitness development areas, she is a founding member of the Southern Arizona Fitness Association (SAFA), and International Dance and Exercise Association (IDEA). Among the many awards which she has received for her work she is the recipient of the Pioneer Award for Aquatics, presented by U.S. Water Fitness Association 1991 and the Bullock Woman of the Year Award: 1980. Karma is recognized for her fitness films “Fitness First”, “Mini-Maxi”, “Body Contouring”, and “Stretch and Flex”.

11:45 – 1:00 Networking Luncheon and Concert

Join us for lunch and get an opportunity to meet some of our presenters.

Debbie Danbrook, internationally recognized Shakuhachi player will give a concert as part of this wonderful luncheon. Ms. Danbrook, a Canadian, has 18 albums to her credit and is the leading woman Shakuhachi player in the world. Ms. Danbrook plays at events throughout North America and Japan.

1:15 Opening of the Afternoon Session: Dr. Melinda Connor(See bio in breakout session Sat am.)

Planary Presentation: Dr. Rustum Roy, Prof. Emeritus, Penn State University, Dept of Materials Science, on “Whole Person Healing and the Nature of Water.”

  • Rustum Roy cannot be described by any professional label.  He has interwoven throughout his 60 year career both world-class science and active participation in reforming theology and the practice of religion.  He is at once a distinguished research scientist and a social activist, a societal reformer and a champion of whole person healing (or CAM). He currently holds professorships at Penn State, Arizona State and the University of Arizona covering those fields. His work has been recognized by his election to five separate National Academies of Engineering/Science: of the U.S., Sweden, India, Japan, and Russia. He has had the Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Rays conferred on him by the Emperor of Japan. One of the key founders of the first major interdisciplinary field in the Western world’s academia—Materials Research—he led Penn State’s Materials Research Lab, which he directed for 23 years, to its recognition in 2003 by ISI as the world’s #1 lab in the field. He played the same role for the field of Science, Technology & Society, specializing in Science Policy, Science Education, and Science and Religion. He had been involved—usually as the only scientist—with the cutting edge reform of the Church, serving on key committees of the National Council of Churches while an active participant in shaping the Retreat and the house church movements. He gave the prestigious Hibbert Lectures in London and served on the Pope’s Nova Spes committee on Science and Religion—a field on which he has written and lectured for 50 years.

3:00 Listening

3:30 – 5:00 Breakout Sessions:

Session 4: OMA/TUSD Music Impact on Academic Scores

Chair: Joan Ashcraft and Gene Jones

Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA) is a nationally recognized research-based program that integrated the arts into teaching reading, writing, math and science in public schools. Research conducted by nationally recognized evaluation firm WestEd, Inc., documented significant and robust gains in all tested academic areas as a result of OMA’s arts integrated lessons and strategic instructional practice. Additionally, WestEd has documented the transformation of school cultures including improved attendance, reduction of discipline referrals to the office, increased parent participation, and a kinder and gentler atmosphere in which learning occurs. OMA has been identified as a best practice by Arizona School Superintendent Tom Horne, has been published in books produced by Arts Education Partnership, and was recently selected to participate in a case study by Harvard Project Zero entitled Qualities of Quality. As an agent for change, teachers have credited OMA with mitigating the impact of poverty, the lack of English proficiency, and the high mobility rates prevalent in many schools. OMA co-author and Program Director Dr. Joan Ashcraft and OMA Founder Gene Jones will share research results and the possibilities for future research.

  • Joan Ashcraft is Director of Fine and Performing Arts/ OMA for the Tucson Unified School District. She has organized collaborative arts education partnerships between TUSD, statewide and national arts organizations creating Tucson Arts Connections, the multicultural touring ARTSmobiles and artifact collection, the Fine Arts Summer Institute for Teachers and Artists, the Fine Arts Youth Academy, Arts for Learning Technology Project, Project Shine after school arts and literacy instruction for students, and Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA). Opening Minds through the Arts has been recognized as a best practice by State School Superintendent Tom Horne for its significant, positive gains in student achievement and is currently involved as a case site for Harvard Project Zero in their Qualities of Quality study. Dr. Ashcraft has served on the Partners in Education Advisory Board for the John F. Kennedy Center and made it possible for TUSD to become the only school affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute. She has received the Governors Arts in Education Award, The University of Arizona’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the Arizona Music Educators Music Educator and Music Administrator of the Year Awards, the Rotary Four Way Test Award, and the University of Arizona’s Professional Education Award.
  • Gene Jones graduated form Dartmouth College and was employed by General Motors Corporation until he entered the Army Air Corps and was commissioned as a pilot. He serves oversees and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He served as Squadron Commander on the staff of the Commanding General, 13 th Bomber Command. He had over two thousand men under his supervision. Upon his return to the states, he served as Director of Training and Operations for the Air Force Gunner School and was awarded the air medal five times, Distinguished Flying Cross twice, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, two Campaign Ribbons and seven Battle Stars. After his service career he resurrected six failing businesses to major, successful corporations. He is the Founder of the Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA) Program and served as President for its Foundation.

Dr. Peter McAllister, Director, University of Arizona School of Music – “Music Education, Education for Life”

Session 5: Music Therapy

Chair: Dr. Barbara J. Crowe, MMT, MT-BC – “Overview of Music Therapy Applications: How Our Knowledge of Music, the Brain, and Body Can be Applied to Treatment.”

  • Barbara Crowe, Ph.D ., has been Director of Music Therapy at Arizona State University since1981. She holds a Bachelor’s degree (1973) and Master’s degree (1977) in music therapy from Michigan State University. She has done numerous presentations at music therapy and related field conferences and has a number of publications, including her new book, Music and Soulmaking: Toward a New Theory of Music Therapy, which is now available from Scarecrow Press. She is a past President of the National Association for Music Therapy and co-authored the new Standards for Education and Clinical Training for the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). She received the 2004 AMTA Award of Merit, the 2005 AMTA Lifetime Achievement, and the Herberger College of Fine Arts 2006/2006 Creative Achievement Award.

Anne Parker, FAMI, MT-BC – “Music Therapy for Wellness and Self-Discovery”

  • Anne B. Parker, MA, MHSA, MT-BC, FAMI has been a music therapist since 1977. She holds degrees in music therapy, counseling psychology, and health services administration and completed a post-graduate fellowship in music-centered psychotherapy. Anne has professional experience in general, rehabilitation, and psychiatric hospitals. For the last 12 years, she has been in private practice in Tucson .

Jane Click, MT-BC – “Music Therapy for older adults and for those dealing with substance abuse issues.”

  • Jane Wetzel Click is a Board Certified Music Therapist with a Music Degree from Sam Houston State University. She moved to Tucson in 2001 and is now in private practice. She is a composer and song writer. Her publications include Song Cycles For Healing , Book for Piano and Voice, 2003, and Song Cycles for Healing , CD Recording, 2003.

Session 6: How to get a Science Grant for Musicians

Chair: Dr. Melinda Connor (See bio in breakout session Sat pm.)

5:15 ConferenceClosing Remarks: Dr. Peter McAllister (See bio in breakout session Sat pm.)