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Nature Versus Nurture and the Role Music Plays in Brain Development

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  • Dr. Cayce Harness–Brumley, board certified physician, will present scientific, yet practical information supporting evidence that children exposed to music exhibit increased intelligence. Arguing against the idea of “giftedness”, findings highlight the importance of stressing music education from early childhood into adulthood, as continued practice dramatically alters brain anatomy and physiology. Actual brain scans and results of recent research will be incorporated into the discussion. Subsequently, Professor Dianne Brumley will give music educators positive tools for integrating the brain and music science into the music classroom and beyond.
  • Dianne Brumley (dianne.brumley@sbcglobal.net)
  • 12/18/2013 02:30 PM - N/A
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  • Dianne Brumley is The University of Texas at Brownsville Director Emeritus of Choral Studies. She was appointed in 2003 and was the first person to hold the position of Director of Choral Studies at the University. Brumley was the founding conductor of the acclaimed University Master Chorale. During her ten-year tenure at UTB, the Master Chorale was selected to perform at the 2011 Texas Music Educators Association Convention and toured internationally. Brumley also served for 20 years as the founding Conductor and Artistic Director of the South Texas Chorale and Festival Orchestra. Brumley is a frequent guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas and the United States. Currently, Brumley works as a choral music education and choral conducting consultant. She is a passionate advocate for music in public schools and universities and mentors numerous choral directors. Before her time with the University of Texas at Brownsville, Brumley was a successful music teacher in the public schools at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels and, also, served as a public school fine arts administrator.
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  • Dr. Cayce Harness-Brumley grew up in Brownsville, TX., and was a product of Texas public schools, playing the piano and French horn through high school under the direction of her father Joe Harness, a long-time band director in Texas. She was a member of the Texas All-State Band for two years, and went on to continue playing her instruments in college. She attended Brown University where she graduated with honors in Egyptology and Biology. After Brown she attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, followed by residency in Internal medicine also at UTSW. She was Chief Resident and Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine during the 2010-2011 year at Southwestern, and went on to continue her training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. She is currently in her 3rd year of fellowship at UTSW in pulmonary, and plans to sub-specialize in the care and treatment of adults with cystic fibrosis. She is also currently working in the laboratory of Dr. Philip Thomas on the rescue of rare CF-folding mutations, and has presented her work on the bio-genesis of the cystic fibrosis trans-membrane regulator protein (CFTR) at the North American CF Conference held this past October. Dr. Brumley and her husband Reagan, a Texas high school band director, reside in Dallas, Tx., with their daughter Scarlett.
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