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…

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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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