Martha Curtis

Guest Artist

Interdisciplinary Music/Science Presentations

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“Martha just destroyed brain theories with no charts, no graphs.  She made statements, put up her violin to drive them home, and the music was unarguable!

Robert Zajonc 

Psychology Department 

Stanford University








“The story of Martha Curtis’ indomitable courage and achievement is inspiring and uplifting, a testament to the untapped possibilities of the human mind and will.”

Charles Castleman 

Eastman School of Music

At universities throughout the US, Ms. Curtis combines music, video, drawings of the brain systems, her own personal brain scans and her inspiring story.  She uses Brahms and Solo Bach to make clear her understanding of the inner landscape.  

Music is so much more specific than words.  This presentation has been done for various classes in conjunction with the Lecture Recital during visits to many college campuses. She has also presented at neuroscience and epilepsy conferences worldwide.


Martha appears regularly on recital and lecture series, with orchestras, and as a guest teacher.  Her classes include Psychology, Neuro-psychology, Education, Philosophy, Violin Master Classes, and Leadership Conferences.  Because she knows her own medical case well and can perform in both words and music, she brings to stage unique insight from the inner world of the human being.  

References include:

University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Stanford University

University of Toledo

The Eastman School of Music

University of North Texas

Buena Visa University

Butler University

Ohio University--Athens
SW Missouri State
Grand Valley State University

Col. of St. Benedict/ St. John's Univ.
Northampton Community Col.
Univ. of CO at Colorado Springs
University of Rochester
Culver Academy (HS)
Eckerd College
Lamar Univ. at Orange
Columbus Academy (HS)
Nicolet College



“Hundreds of student and faculty shared this unique demonstration of courage and will power.  We marveled at her ability to tell such a personal story in a way that captured our interest without any sentimentality or maudlin dramatics.  When she began to play it all came together.  This is the esthetic force that drives her will to go beyond survival and to thrive and grow in the music.”

Philip G. Zimbardo

Professor of Psychology

Stanford University