The Music Instinct: Science and Song

August 1st, 2004 - April 30th, 2009 | PROJECT

Independent Production Fund is producing a three-part public television series focusing on the latest research in the science of music. The programs will explore how cutting-edge science is revealing new connections between music and the human mind and body, the natural world and the cosmos. The series will follow researchers from a variety of fields including physiology, neuroscience, psychology, biology, physics and education, as they use groundbreaking techniques and technologies to unravel age-old mysteries about music's persistence, universality and emotional power. It will show how these researchers are shedding valuable new light on the way brains work. The impact of the programs will be extended through a content-rich companion web site and innovative formal and informal educational-outreach materials to both middle and high school age students, as well as a complementary radio component. Mannes Productions will produce the series; Goodman Research Group will conduct formative evaluation and Rockman et al will conduct summative evaluation.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

The Music Instinct Formative Evaluation

Team Members

Elena Mannes, Principal Investigator, Independent Production Fund, Inc.


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0406840
Funding Amount: 635321


Audience: Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Life science | Physics
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology