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Can music be prescribed like medicine? This Kansas City scientist is trying to find out

Dr. Rebecca Lepping at the Classical KC studios
Sam Wisman
Dr. Rebecca Lepping at the Classical KC studios

Classical KC's Christy L'Esperance speaks with Dr. Rebecca Lepping about her work at the KU Medical Center, local collaborations in the field of neuroaesthetics and her life as a pianist.

As a trained musician, a cognitive neuroscientist, and a music psychologist with more than 15 years of experience in magnetic resonance imaging research, Dr. Rebecca Lepping may be the perfect person to study the cross-section of music and mental health.

I dream that we will understand music and the arts in a way that it can be prescriptive for people.
Dr. Rebecca Lepping

You can hear our full conversation by playing the audio above.

More about Dr. Lepping and her work can be found at and more information about neuroaesthetics can be found at

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Christy L'Esperance is the Community Engagement Specialist & On-Air Host for Classical KC.
Sam Wisman is a senior producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3