SSHRC Storyteller Wednesday: Audrey-Kristel Barbeau

We’re not the only ones presenting big ideas in creative ways. One of our main partners, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, is giving Canada’s best and brightest young scholars the spotlight to tell the world why research matters. The SSHRC Storytellers contest issued this challenge to postsecondary students from across Canada: Give us your best three-minute pitch about the impact of a great SSHRC-funded research project.

Every Wednesday, we’ll be sharing one of these pitches here in our blog. This week we’re featuring the work of Audrey-Kristel Barbeau, which explores how active participation in music affects the health of seniors (especially with respect to quality of life, anxiety, depression, respiratory function and blood pressure).

Audrey-Kristel Barbeau has both a bachelor’s (UQAM) and a master’s (McGill) degree in music education. Her research focuses on the effects that playing a musical instrumental have on people’s health.  She is also interested in how performing in a concert can impact the stress levels of amateur musicians aged 60 and over. Audrey-Kristel is currently working at McGill as a teaching assistant in the instrumental conducting course and frequently replaces the lead instructor in the basic conducting course. She is the founder and musical director of the Montreal New Horizons Band, a bilingual and intergenerational ensemble for adults who are learning to play an instrument.

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The Top 25 finalists were revealed on April 1, 2014 and they each won $3,000 and a trip to Congress, Canada’s premiere social sciences and humanities conference. At Congress, they will receive hands-on mentoring and training from experienced communications professionals. They’ll also deliver their pitch in front of a live audience and a panel of experts. A jury will select the final five to present a final talk as part of the SSHRC Impact Awards ceremony in fall 2014.

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