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  • Play Sylvia Woods ’ “The Legend”
  • Play “Danny Boy”
  • Play Sylvia Woods ’ “In the Forest”
  • -Barbara Crowe Former president National Association of Music Therapy
  • Toning experiment – where do you feel these sounds in your body? High pitch in the head, low pitch in the belly, trunk, legs. Next time you are tired while driving, use a high EEEE sound to stimulate blood flow in the brain.
  • If you listen to upbeat music when you are feeling angry or sad, the initial response is dissonance. Instead, practitioner will start where the client is and then move in the desired direction.
  • Rhythmic music to help steady heart, respiration Pain relief, nausea, responsive to symptoms (COPD, slow rhythmic breaths)
  • "The structure quickly disorganized. Fourteen minutes was enough time to explode the cell when I used these nine different frequencies", says Maman.
  • The most dramatic influence on the cells came from the human voice when Maman sang the same scale into the cells. In this experiment the cancer cells experienced a total explosion within nine minutes.

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  • Music & Healing Key Concepts Chris Bakerwww.musicstudentinfo.com
  • The Significance of Music• Communicates both with lyrics and beyond words• Tells our stories• Moves us to laughter, to tears & to dance• Accompanies important ceremonies• Provides a gateway to memories
  • Consider this piece of music. Listen withyour eyes closed and allow it to tell you astory… • What emotions did the piece evoke? • What images come to mind? • What story does it awaken in you? View slide
  • What memories does this piece evoke for you? View slide
  • Now focus on the physiological response inyour body to this piece of music…• What did you notice your body doing?• What did the music remind you of?
  • Healing Benefits of Music• Reduces pain• Increases oxygen levels in the blood• Steadies respiration and heart rhythm• Reduces anxiety and fear• Reduces nausea• Provides a focus different from hospital machines• Boosts immune response
  • Pain Reliever with No Damaging Side EffectsAt St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, patients in critical care units listen to classical music. “Half an hour of music produced the same effect as ten milligrams of valium.”
  • How does music heal?Distraction is the divided attention of anindividual or group from the chosenobject of attention onto the source ofdistraction.Entrainment or "brainwavesynchronization," is any practice thataims to cause brainwave frequencies tofall into step with a periodic stimulushaving a frequency corresponding to theintended brain-state for example, toinduce sleep.
  • DistractionA loud repetitive sound sends a constant signal to the cortex, masking input from other senses like vision, touch, and smell.
  • Frequency of Vibrations• High pitched sounds increase stimulation• Low frequency sounds are grounding
  • Principles of the Music Practitioner• Patient is the center of focus• Intent to provide an environment for healing• Whole person concept of mind, body, spirit, and emotion
  • Holistic Health“Outside of sleep, breathing, nutrition and to some extent exercise. . . probably no behavior comes close to the power and diversity of music in eliciting homeodynamic shifts."Mark RyderThe Rhythmic Language of Health and Disease
  • Why Live Music?• Responsive to the changing state of the patient• Vibration of live instrument• Human connection
  • Four Categories of Clients1. Acutely ill Rhythmic Music2. Chronically ill All Styles3. Children and Elders Familiar Music4. Actively Dying Arrhythmic Music
  • Music ThanatologyThe delivery of music has everything to do with leading a patient from a feeling of safety to openness and release.Letting go is some of the hardest work we can do, either as a patient or as a musician.Therese Schroeder-ShekerChalice of Repose Project
  • Vibrations & Cancer The pictures above were taken while a xylophone was used over aperiod of fourteen minutes playing the Ionian Scale (C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C,D)
  • "The human voice carries something in its vibration that makes it more powerful than any musical instrument: consciousness…. …It appeared that the cancer cells were not able to support a progressive accumulation of vibratory frequencies and were destroyed." Fabien Maman
  • I AM MUSIC Most ancient of the arts. I am more than ancient; I am eternal. Even before life began upon this earth, I was here in the winds and the waves. When the first trees and flowers and grasses appeared, I was among them. And when people came, I at once became the most delicate, most subtle and most powerful medium for the expression of emotions…
  • …When people were little better than beasts, I influenced them for their good. In all ages, I have inspired people with hope, kindled their love, given a voice to their joys, cheered them on to valorous deeds, and soothed them in times of despair. I have played a great part in the drama of life, whose end and purpose are the complete perfection of human nature…
  • …Through my influence, humankind has been uplifted, sweetened and refined. With the aid of mankind, I have become a Fine Art; I have a myriad of voices and instruments. I am in the hearts of all people and on their tongues in all lands, among all peoples; the ignorant and unlettered know me, not less than the rich and the learned…
  • ..For I speak to all people in a language that all understand. Even the deaf hear me, if they but listen to the voices of their own souls. I am the food of love. I have taught gentleness and peace; and I have led people to heroic deeds. I comfort the lonely, and I harmonize the discord of crowds. I am a necessary luxury to all I AM MUSIC.