Healing through Music - Music education and psycho-cognitive development


Staff - Faculty of Biomedical Sciences

Date: 7 November 2022 / 18:00 - 19:00

Multipurpose Hall of the East Campus in Lugano

Like with language, most people acquire basic musical skills by interacting with the environment: through simple exposure to music and innate predisposition. Children acquire the musical skills they need for formal music training during development. Music and language share functions and associations. Much evidence suggests that music education has a positive effect. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are beginning to appear in the scientific literature showing causal relationships between music and non-musical areas like language, cognition and performance. We can think of music as one of the cognitive tools essential for healthy ageing.


  • Luisa Lopez,  doctor and neurophysiopathologist at the Villa Immacolata Care Home and Fondazione Mariani Milano


  • Dawn Rose, senior researcher, Hochschule Luzern


  • Giacomo Simonetti, USI professor, head of paediatrics at the Italian Swiss Paediatric Institute

Music programme

One study, one summary for marimba, junk percussion and digital audio - John Psathas (1966*)
Performed by: Gaspare Renna (marimba) and Danilo Gervasoni (live electronics)