Our group, based at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has been investigating the relationship between music performance, brain function, and general aspects of cognition. Since much of our work involves education, we have conducted much of our research at various schools. During the course of our work, we became deeply involved in teaching students the science of sound and music, including their physical, perceptual, and neural aspects. Given the great interest that these activities have generated in students and teachers we decided to expand this work into a stand-alone outreach program. Our goal is to transmit to the students the sense of wonder that we feel towards the sonic world, helping them become aware of the sounds in the environment and draw a connection between the perceptual and physical aspects of music and sound.

The Listening to Waves program developed from our work at the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center (TDLC), a National Science Foundation sponsored conglomerate of laboratories committed to bridging the gap between the scientific study of learning and the educational system. Our program is now funded through National Science Foundation grant Innovative Technologies for Students and Teachers (ITEST).

Our program has served more than 500 students across San Diego County, including students in the High Tech High School System, the Boys and Girls Club of San Diego, and Sweetwater School District.