› How One BU Researcher Is Empowering Prisoners with Music18/Sep/2020
Music, with its profound and complex effects on the human brain—from reducing symptoms of pain and depression to lowering blood pressure and stress levels—can have powerful and transformative effects on the lives of people, including those who are the most marginalized. As choral and orchestral conductor André de Quadros has seen, in places ranging from prisons to refugee sites to war-torn conflict zones, music can have astonishing impacts on people and communities who are given the chance to be creative.
“Music, like everything else, can bring people together or keep them apart,” says de Quadros, a Boston University College of Fine Arts professor of music and music education. “People have used [music] as a feature of war and as a feature of peace….Music has so much power because it can be in companion with all kinds of agendas.”