How Music Heals—and How It Can Help Us Find Solace in the Time of Coronavirus

Musicologists and Brain Scientists Are Exploring Deep Connections Between the Medical and the Musical

Music can improve the academic performance and impulse control of children. It can ease anxiety and depression. And it may even help the rest of us cope with the novel coronavirus pandemic, said a panel of musicians and brain scientists at a Zócalo Public Square event last night.

The event itself represented a novel attempt to cope with the challenges of coronavirus. For the first time in its 16-year history, Zócalo, which has produced more than 600 events to date, presented its first last night without a live audience. Instead, the …