Music study focusing on autism gets funded by The Grammys

Ottawa, Ontario – Manotick Arts Camp runner and McGill University post-doctorate fellow Sandy Stanutz recently received a $20,000 grant from the Grammy Foundation.

With this grant Stanutz and her team are planning to investigate the connection between people with autism’s ability to complete complex visual puzzles and Absolute Pitch. Often called Perfect Pitch, this ability to recall musical notes long after hearing it once is often associated with those on the spectrum. Stanutz told news outlet Ottawa Citizen,

“There’s quite a lot of evidence to suggest that kids with autism have a very good melodic memory.”

Stanutz hopes that through studying this amazing ability she can better understand the learning difference and find new depths to their educational strengths. She play notes to participants and check back with them a few weeks later to test how well they recall them.

Most known for their annual awards show, the Grammy Foundation has giving grants over the past few years to fund much needed studies such as the affects of music on stroke survivors. It has given out $200,000 this year bringing their overall all grant giveaway total to $6 million.

When there was an open call for applications Stanutz and colleagues Jacob Burack and Eve-Marie Quintin knew they wanted to apply.

“(We’re) very thrilled to have them fund the project because they have such a high profile… They want people to know … that they do fund research.

Contributed by Audrey L. Hollingshead

Source: Tom Spears on the Ottawa Citizen website: Perfect pairing: Cash from Grammys links autism research, music