Dr. Laurel Trainor, Director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind and Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University

“I am thrilled that the Hamilton Music Collective is bringing An Instrument for Every Child to Hamilton schools. As an important part of social, emotional and cognitive development, music should be accessible to all children. Research indicates that active participation in music not only benefits individual children, but leads to greater social cooperation and sense of community.”


Dr. Trainor has done groundbreaking research on musical development in children and infants.  She has published over 60 pioneering research articles and book chapters on the neuroscience of auditory development and the perception of music, appearing in prestigious journals such as Science, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Neuroscience.

As part of the program's pilot phase, Dr. Trainor and her team will conduct a research to examine effects of the AIFEC program on Grade 1 children's music, language, memory and social development.