Assistant Professor of Audiology, University of the Pacific
Research Scholar at Stanford University
Gabriella Musacchia, Ph.D., is passionate about supporting music education by communicating the scientific bases of music-related neuroplasticity. Dr. Musacchia graduated from Northwestern University in 2008 and is now a Professor of Audiology (University of the Pacific, S.F.) and Research Scholar (Stanford University). Her past work was the first to show that music training enhances subcortical and cortical encoding, and that early auditory exposure, even in infancy, can have positive effects on auditory-evoked brain oscillations. She is currently working on music- and auditory-related efforts to detect and remediate central auditory system deficits in preterm and full-term infants. She is also the developer of a rhythm-based music program for infants/toddlers, Baby Rhythms®. Dr. Musacchia brings a broad professional experience, including experience in the Brain-Computer Interface division of N.A.S.A. Ames, Rutgers University & the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research.
Read Dr. Musacchia’s article “Music and Learning: Does Music Make You Smarter?“ about music education and child development.
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