She blinded us with neuroscience. An interactive lesson in brain function – and how it can help us amplify our creative selves.

If you can find the man’s head in three seconds, then your right brain is more developed than normal people…

Get ready to play along with Ruth Meints as she demonstrates right and left brain dynamics – and discusses the perfect tool to activate the entire brain and boost creativity. (Here’s a hint: Ruth is executive director of the Omaha Conservatory of Music.) Added bonus: A 5-year-old OCM student shows us how it’s done; the power of practice and hard work on full display.

About the speaker

Ruth Meints has been the Executive Director of the Omaha Conservatory of Music (OCM) since 2005 and authored the Violin Sprouts curriculum launched in 2013. She currently teaches violin and viola at OCM and conducts various workshops around the country in violin pedagogy and music education, integrating current neuroscience findings into music teaching. While at OCM, she has created many music education programs, such as OCM’s Summer Institute, Winter Festival Orchestra, a full music program at the St. Augustine Indian Mission School, on-campus classes such as Club Theory and Club History, as well as the Inside the Mind of the Artist recital and master class series. Her teaching experience has included head of the string department at Azusa Pacific University and faculty at Biola University in the Los Angeles area.

Ruth received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Suzuki pedagogy from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville under the mentorship of John Kendall, pioneer in bringing the Suzuki philosophy to the United States.

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    “You have to have a wide base of information and you start connecting things in unusual ways – and voila, you have really original ideas and creativity happening.”

    Kim Sellmeyer • January 26, 2017