Ben Milone found a way to combine science and music.
And the Dufferin Arts Council contributed to it through the 2022 Anne Laurier Scholarship.
“I’ve been playing music for almost 15 years and it’s become a really big part of who I am and to be recognized for it is a real honor,” Milone said.
The Westside High School graduate is studying life sciences at McMaster University. He plans to specialize in music cognition.
“I really love science as much as music and this program will allow me to combine the two,” he said.
Milone was a member of the high school student council and performed in the Honors Band and the Jazz Band. He obtained grade 8 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in piano and cello. He also plays saxophone and guitar.
Milone was named Most Promising Young Musician at the Orangeville District Music Festival in 2019. He has been a member of the Orangeville Otters Swim Club for 11 years. He was also a ski instructor at the Caledon Ski Club.
In 2019 Ben was made a Shad Fellow and received the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award the following year.
He said the Music Cognition Honors program is unique because it gives students combined exposure to cognitive neuroscience and music.
According to the McMaster University Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior website: Such training prepares students for interdisciplinary research in cognitive psychology and the cognitive neuroscience of music, as well as for applied careers in audiology and music therapy.
“I hope to apply to medical school after I graduate,” Milone said.
But his time in Hamilton isn’t all about touching the books. He said there was a vibrant music scene at the university.
“I’ve already found a few pianos on campus and organized concerts for other students and new friends I’ve made here,” he says. “I would like to be part of a quartet or a trio playing the cello or the piano.
“And I’m always open to any performance opportunity in Dufferin County.”
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