Knutson Master Series with Dr. Julie Grives

Event Details


Date: March 5, 2020

Times: 3 p.m.

Location: Hamre Recital Hall in the Fryxell Humanities Center

The Knutson Master Series at Augustana will present Dr. Julie Grives at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in Hamre Recital Hall of the Fryxell Humanities Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Neuroplasticity is the process by which the brain grows neurons and expands the connecting white matter after learning. Singing activates the whole brain, providing opportunities for neuroplastic change. When singers learn the elements of a song, they grow neurons that are connected through bundles of myelinated fiber. These connections continue to improve a singer’s performance long after the first connections are made. This presentation will provide steps to help singers grow neurons, improve connections and refine each technical, musical and expressive function.

About Dr. Julie Grives

Dr. Grives has been teaching voice for over 20 years and uses innovative techniques with traditional practices in teaching students to expand their technical skill, musicality and expressiveness on stage. She has studied how positive neuroplasticity may improve training efficiency for singers and how training with exercise equipment  may change a singer’s aerodynamic and acoustic measures.

About the Knutson Master Series

Named in honor of Dr. Dennis D. Knutson (principal flutist and longtime member of the Augustana University/Community Band) and the late Mary Ann Knutson, these 50-minute presentations feature special topics and or master class presentations for those interested in the music industry and/or performance.