of VIrginia Faculty Members Present 'Music and Mind' For Western
Albemarle High School Students
27, 1999 -- Does music improve the mind? On Thursday,
May 6, University of Virginia pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst and violinist
Svend Ronning will present "Music and Mind," the last of four programs
designed to integrate music more fully into the high school curriculum.
the music of Mozart, the two faculty members in the McIntire Department
of Music will explore the composerŐs life and discuss studies that
demonstrate the effect his music has on the brain's learning capacity.
The duo will perform works including a violin concerto and sonatas
for violin and piano. The contemporary film "Star Wars" and Mozart's
opera "The Magic Flute" will be discussed to compare them in structure,
plot and character development. Classical musical forms will be
explored for comparisons to expository writing.
the performance, students in English, science, and history will
be given research projects integrating music with their studies.
For example, students in science will experiment with how listening
to 15 minutes of Mozart before taking a quiz or memorizing a series
of numbers affects the outcome. Students in English will listen
to a classical overture and compose a storyline.
"Music and Mind" project was conceived and designed by Ernst and
Allen Freeman, head of services for gifted students at Western Albemarle
High School. Their objective is to integrate music into the Standards
of Learning curriculum and build support for the performing arts
in the community through exposure and interaction with professional
by a grant from the Frederick Upton Foundation, the year-long program
has exposed students to aspects of American history through jazz,
to world history through African music and dance, to the computer
age and the classical forms of the 18th century. Featured performers
from the McIntire Department of Music included the Freebridge Jazz
Quintet led by John D'Earth, African scholar Michelle Kisliuk, and
Virginia Center for Computer Music director Dave Topper.
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298.