DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University assistant professor of music Richard Edwards, Ph.D., tells MSN Living.com that “all babies respond to music inherently in very basic ways,” creating opportunities for new parents.
In his interview with writer Liz Murtaugh Gillespie, Edwards also encourages parents to share music with their children, even if those children no longer are babies.
“If you’ve never done anything musical with your child, it’s never too late to start,” said Edwards, whose current research focuses on the neuroscience and philosophy of music education.
Edwards joined the OWU faculty in 2009, where he specializes in secondary and elementary music education, wind band conducting, and student teaching supervision.
He also is the creator of the Musical Brain Imaging Research Database (MusicBIRD), an ongoing project containing all peer-reviewed brain-imaging studies involving human musical processes.
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Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.