The Department of Music is proud to present Dr. Beatriz Ilari, an assistant professor of music education at USC’s Thornton School of Music, as part of this year’s Global Music Lecture Series. Ilari will present two lectures on Thursday, March 8, 2018. These lectures are presented in conjunction with the Center for Creativity and the Arts 2017-2018 theme “Voice and Silence: Expressions of Community and the Human Spirit.”

Lecture I — “Learning in the Margins: Musical Experiences of Children from Underrepresented Groups,” 9:30-10:45 a.m., University Business Center, PB 191

In this lecture, Dr. Ilari will share data from two large projects concerning the musical experiences and development of children in the United States and in Brazil. The first project is unique in that it is tracking the development and growth of underprivileged children from an El Sistema-inspired program in Los Angeles. The second project relates to Brazilian children’s singing experiences in several locations across the country. Three examples children’s singing — in the riverbanks of the Amazon, in an urban, elementary school in the South and in a music school in Rio — will be showcased.

Lecture II — “Music Learning and Young Children’s Social Development,” 12:30-1:20 p.m., Music Building, M210

This lecture will examine young children’s musical engagement from a social perspective. Data from two recent studies on participation in early childhood music programs and prosocial skills — in the form of helping and sharing — in children aged 3-5 from two different socio-cultural groups, will be presented. One focused on children attending “mommy-and-me” classes in New Jersey, and the second on preschoolers who took part in a special in-school program offered through a university community engagement program in South Los Angeles.

Prior to her appointment at USC, Dr. Ilari taught violin, strings, and general music in schools and community-based programs in the United States, the Czech Republic and Brazil. She also served as associate professor of Music Education at the Federal University of Paraná – Brazil and as visiting associate professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. She holds a Ph.D. in music education from McGill University, an MA in violin performance from Montclair State University and a B.A./Arts licentiate in music education from the University of São Paulo.

These lectures are made possible through the support of Associated Students, Inc. Both events are free and open to the public.

For further information, contact Dr. Donald Henriques, Department of Music (