Sharlene Habermeyer, MA has spent over twenty-five years researching the effects of music in the brain development of children. She is passionate about how people of all ages learn and how music is a catalyst for learning.  She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art from Utah State University and a Master’s degree in Education from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

In 1999, she started the Palos Verdes Regional Orchestra (now the Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra). It currently boasts over one-hundred members.

Sharlene’s initial inspiration for this book came from the extensive work she did with her learning disabled son and finding that music was his strongest catalyst for learning she began passionately researching the effects music had on the developing and mature brain.

A college instructor, a frequent lecturer, and a consultant, she is the mother of five boys and lives with her husband in Torrance, California.