Dr Katie Overy, of the University of Edinburgh’s Reid School of Music, has spent her career working in the fields of music, psychology, and neuroscience. This has brought her into contact with people approaching the same questions from different viewpoints: practitioners (e.g. teachers, parents, music therapists) and researchers, musicians, and scientists.
Throughout it all, Dr Overy's aim has been to understand the nature of musical experience through these differing perspectives, and to investigate the basis for claims that music can be beneficial to learning, and to facilitate links between the approaches.. The relationship between art and science, and other ‘opposing’ disciplines, is one that she understands well. I got the chance to chat with her about her career and some of her perceptions. Read more »