Inspiring and Interesting Quotes about Music

July 16, 2008 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Benefits of Music, Choosing & Using Music, Music Education | 1 Comment
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People have recognized the many benefits of music since the dawn of recorded history.  I have scoured the Internet to find the most meaningful and inspiring quotes about music.  These come from a wide variety of ancient and modern sources; sayings from both musicians and non-musicians.  I hope that you will find these inspiring whether you play music or just enjoy grooving to it.  Leave comments if there are other quotes or tell us your favorites. Continue Reading Inspiring and Interesting Quotes about Music…

Sound, Stress and Healing by Steven Halpern

July 10, 2008 at 7:19 am | Posted in Benefits of Music, Choosing & Using Music, Music Therapy | Leave a comment

I remember very clearly the first time I ‘became’ the music-no longer a ‘me’ playing the music, only ‘music being played.’ Skiers and dancers know the feeling-when you’re so in tune with the energy of the moment that you lose yourself totally in the experience.  My breakthrough came early in my career, during the first day on campus at the University of Buffalo. I always carried my trumpet with me in those days, since I was passionate about jazz. A jam session was going on in the Student Union building, with the hottest faculty and professional musicians cooking up a storm in the John Coltrane high-energy dimensions. I was invited to sit in. Continue Reading Sound, Stress and Healing by Steven Halpern…

Why Music is Important to Us All!!

July 10, 2008 at 7:16 am | Posted in Benefits of Music, Music Education | Leave a comment

Music is inherent in the very nature of humas.  The tiny infant will often respond to a rhythmic sound, beginning to hum even before speaking.  Rhythm and music abound in nature all around us – the rhythmic drumming of the surf, the measured meter of rain, the winds, the melodic tunes of song birds.   Music is in us, as well.   It’s an ability inherent in every child, simply awaiting development.    Unfortunately some children may never know the joys of creating  their own music, exploring their innate abilities, or discovering the joys of this self expression.  For most children, that opportunity comes but once.  To be denied that opportunity is to forfeit this natural means of self expression. Continue Reading Why Music is Important to Us All!!…

The Powerful Role of Music in Society

July 10, 2008 at 6:11 am | Posted in Benefits of Music, Music Theory, Music Therapy | Leave a comment

Music and society have always been intimately related. Music reflects and creates social conditions – including the factors that either facilitate or impede social change. The development of recording techniques in the latter half of the 20th century has revolutionized the extent to which most people have access to music. All kinds of music are available to most people, 24 hours a day, at the touch of a switch. The down side of this easy availability of music in the Western world is that there is a tendency for it to be taken for granted. Continue Reading The Powerful Role of Music in Society…

Eight ways to use music for teaching and learning

July 10, 2008 at 5:40 am | Posted in Benefits of Music, Choosing & Using Music, Music Education | Leave a comment

Not only is it fun and rewarding to learn and teach music; it is also amazing to use music in teaching.  I have used music videos in my Sociology classes for years.  Listening to music also helps us learn other subjects.  Enjoy these easy steps and leave some comments. Continue Reading Eight ways to use music for teaching and learning…

How to Choose Healing Music by Kay Gardner

July 10, 2008 at 12:04 am | Posted in Benefits of Music, Choosing & Using Music, Music Therapy | Leave a comment
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How is it that some music can lift our spirits? And how is it that other music can make us nervous and irritable, even physically ill? What is the power in music that can alter listeners on all level – body, mind and spirit?  When listening to our favorite music, most of us don’t break it down into its basic elements; we usually just hear and feel the total effect of the sounds. But music is subtly touching us in many ways precisely because of its different elements, and if we have some understanding of what music is made up of and how it touches us, we can more intelligently choose (or create) music with healing potential.
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Sound as Light Waves By Iasos

July 9, 2008 at 11:55 pm | Posted in Benefits of Music, Choosing & Using Music, Music Theory, Music Therapy, Spiritual Energy | 1 Comment
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For any healing modality, healing is not creating something new, but merely realigning the body to its own already-existing Divine blue-print. There are innumerable ways to do this, and using sound is one potent way.  How is it that Sound can Heal?  Primarily thorough Physical Resonance and Emotional Resonance.  Physical Resonance – results from the vibrating air “shaking up” the molecules and causing the energy systems to synchronize with itself into “standing waves” which, out of random chaos produce order, symmetry, coherency, and stability. Hans Jenny with his study of Cymatics shows innumerable photographs of beautifully symmetric shapes, formed by random powders vibrating on a surface that is vibrating with sound. Continue Reading Sound as Light Waves By Iasos…

Nine Insights on Sound Healing by Jonathan Goldman

July 9, 2008 at 11:46 pm | Posted in Benefits of Music, Choosing & Using Music, Music Therapy | Leave a comment
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Sound and music have been used since ancient times for healing and transformation. Yet there is today a growing reemergence of interest in this field of sound healing with many different thoughts and ideas about the effects of sonics and their use as a transformative energy. many of the major questions about sound healing are still unanswered. The following thoughts are just my own and may not be based upon the reality of anyone else. They may, however, prove to be useful insights and considerations for others. Continue Reading Nine Insights on Sound Healing by Jonathan Goldman…

Benefits of Music Education – At Any Age!!

July 8, 2008 at 11:47 pm | Posted in Benefits of Music, Choosing & Using Music, Music Education, Music Therapy | 1 Comment
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There is a wonderful African expression that says “If you can talk, you can dance… If you can walk, you can dance!!” I have played music for most of my life – mainly as a self-taught lover of great songs.  Anyhow, it is possible for anyone to learn some form of musical expression – which includes dancing, whistling, humming and almost anything else that lets out the music in your head and heart.  This short list describes the benefits of formal education – particularly as it applies to children Continue Reading Benefits of Music Education – At Any Age!!…

Can Music Make Us Happy?

July 8, 2008 at 11:42 pm | Posted in Benefits of Music, Music Therapy | Leave a comment
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Research has shown that music can be an important therapy for a number of conditions.  However, we also believe that music can promote happiness and harmony – regardless of whatever ails a person.  This story (published in a UK newspaper) describes an innovative conference sponsored by the Wellcome Trust in London.  This particular session was titled “Exploring the Rhythms of Life”.  Sure sounds great.  Wish I could have been there.  Leave some comments about what songs or types of music make you feel happy? Continue Reading Can Music Make Us Happy?…

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