2018 / Specialist to explain music as healing agent at Little Tokyo Library, May 12

Dr. Makiko Hirata

Music as a Universal Language: History and Neuroscience
Lecture by Dr. Makiko Hirata

Saturday, May 12, 2018
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 612-0525

Music is the most abstract of all arts.  Some argue that music predates language.  It has been a subject of much philosophical contemplation.

Today, with the use of medical technologies like fMRI, its benefit is beginning to be quantified.

Dr. Makiko Hirata will introduce some of these theories, ancient and contemporary.  How can we use music as a way to attain more happiness, productivity, health and social harmony?

Dr. Hirata will propose ways of using music as a healing agent in our lives, and this society.

Dr. Makiko Hirata has performed in North and South America, Europe and her native Japan since her first international tour as a 17-year-old soloist with the Bolivia National Orchestra.

She also loves sharing her music as a recording artist, lecturer, writer and teacher. As a consultant at the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at the Houston Methodist Hospital, she works with scientists to establish data on how music is beneficial to us neurologically. Dr. Hirata has a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Rice University.

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