Being a music educator, I find chapter four of “Healing at the Speed of Sound” to be very relatable and inspiring. The many benefits of the methods Carl Orff and Zoltán Kodály are explained in this section which is always a hot topic for music educators. The benefits of music also go further into the brain to help shape and regulate emotion. Finally, the troubles of audio processing disorders, a subject I know little about, are expressed.
Music can bring the brightest of joys that keeps us moving through our dull and boring lives. An example of this joy is Ishmael Beah’s life as a boy soldier in his book A Long Way Gone. As he tells you his story, he tells of his dance group with his friends, the times he heard music in the middle of war, and how music saved him from the madness that brewed within him. Music has the unique ability to create peace in a person’s life despite the difficulties surrounding them, and to bring a constant reminder of who they are as a person.
Throughout the novel A Long Way Gone, music is used as a motif. Music is used to distract or calm the soldiers in rehabilitation, as it has the ability to trigger emotional responses. Also, music is used to remind the soldiers of their innocence and life before the war. And lastly music is used to create common ground amongst strangers.
He believed if someone listened to music daily, they would slack in their other duties. One of his examples of this is that “ if women are fond of music and spend their time listening to it, then they will be unable to rise early and go to bed late, spinning, weaving, producing large quantities of hemp, silk, and other fibers, and preparing cloth, and as a result there will not be enough cloth”(Tzu 312). However, again examining this argument in a modern light, studies conducted in this decade show quite the opposite effect. In the year 2012 an article published by the New York Times explains the positive effects music has in a work environment with facts from a study conducted by an assistant professor, by the name Teresa Lesiuk, in the music therapy program at the University of Miami. “Dr. Lesiuk’s research focuses on how music affects workplace performance… she found that those who listened to music completed their tasks more quickly and came up with better ideas than those who didn’t, because the music improved their mood.”(Baker par. 7). As any teenager or student can tell you, music is an important part of keeping the attention of a wandering mind while studying. Music keeps you in the moment and aids development and personality. Music is hardly useless or
Music therapy is the practice of using music as a form of treatment for certain conditions (especially mental conditions). The idea of using music as a form of therapy dates back to Aristotle’s and Plato’s days. Aristotle understood the great impact music had on listeners and spoke about how it can affect the emotional states of an individual. “Music directly imitates the passions or states of the soul… when one listens to music that imitates a certain passion, he becomes imbued with the same passion; and if over a long time he habitually listens to music that rouses ignoble passions, his whole character will be shaped to an ignoble form” (Aristotle). Music can affect the brain and body in unexpected ways. It can be used
In Edvard Grieg’s “Morning Mood”, a well-recognized piece of classical music, a flute is the first instrument one hears. The beautiful whistle of the flute’s first note strikes a high A, played softly, and the softness continues as the flute travels down the scale, only to play a C and make its way, legato, back up to an A (Morning Mood: Peer Gynt No.1). As the piece continues, violins, cellos, oboes, and many other instruments are softly introduced to complement the flute’s high and quiet notes. It is only when the flute crescendos in the middle of the piece that the other instruments follow along. This continues Grieg’s trend, on this track, of forming the other instrument’s parts around the flute. Occasionally, the flute will soften and be replaced by another wind or string, but the trend of surrounding the main instrument with other pieces still continues. This soothing blend of the instruments is what causes the mind to remove stress when listening. I believe that music
Many people benefit from the efforts brought from music therapy. It helps with several physical and mental disorders including Autism. Victims of sexual and mental abuse are an active group of patient’s involved in music therapy because it takes all of the stress
As a teenager, I see that my peers are completely diverse when it comes to a music style. Everyone has their own mix of artists and songs that may or may not be completely similar. I sat on the edge of a pool table as I watched my best friend 's attempt of having an open DJ station at her party. She wanted everyone to be able to listen to what they wanted. The idea was not bad and neither were her intentions. With her ability to be friends with people in different friend groups, she should have thought about this being a problem. I heard a wide variety of music from rap, death metal, and many boy bands. As the night went on there were fights, arguments and a decrease in guests. Looking around the room it came to my attention that all of these people do like music; not one of them suggested that it should be an awkward silence. I started to think about how much of an impact music has on individuals and social groups, or whether it has one at all. I went home and began to view how music affects me and my peers.
"Music therapy is a systematic process of intervention wherein the therapist helps the client to promote health, using musical experiences and the relationships that developed through them as dynamic forces of change (Hodges and Sebald pg 284)”. I watched a youtube video called When Meds Fail: A Case for Music Therapy: Tim Ringgold. The video started off with Tim the music therapist singing a song that he wrote for his daughter. As a Music Therapist Tim knows how important music is for an infant in the whom. “Researcher shows using music during childbirth has a significant drop of perception of pain, anxiety and time itself for mom’s (When Meds Fail).” For infants the auditory system begins and develops as they are still in their mothers. Stated in Hodges and Sebald page 289 it says how “Music has a positive effect on premature infants including lowered heart rate higher oxygen saturation shorter stays in the NICU reduce distressed behaviors and higher caloric intake and weight gain”.
“Music education can help spark a child 's imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion... Music education should not be a privilege for a lucky few, it should be a part of every child 's world of possibility” said political leader Hillary Clinton. Kids who participate in music education programs at school will have enhanced brain development, more so than kids who do not. Not only is learning about music enjoyable and exciting, but there is staggering evidence that there are so many benefits to comprehending music as well. Since the start of the 19th century, music education has been integrated into school curriculum. However, looking back on it, music education is seen as outdated because of today’s technology, and it’s not as important to school leaders anymore. It seems to be evident that budgeting for other programs like sports for example, is more crucial. This is the case, despite the overwhelming evidence that music education is very helpful to young and developing brains.
In a scientific point of view researchers have wondered about the possible therapeutic and mood boosting benefits that music has on someone. All types of music affects people. Sad music can bring most listeners comfort and pleasure, according to research from Durham University. In that research, it was also found that sad music can have negative feelings and profound grief.
Music therapy is defined as “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program” (“American Music Therapy Association”). It cures mental issues such as depression, anxiety, and hypertension. Music therapy was approved and became an effective and significant way to cure mental injuries of veterans since World War Two. During World War Two, an era of cruelness and death, military hospitals were filled with physically and mentally injured veterans suffering in recurring haunting nightmares and shocking memories of the battlefield. In 1945, the U.S. War Department even issued Technical Bulletin 187 to create a program that encouraged the use of music to rehabilitate veterans’ emotions.
I am at my first stages in undertaking the large task of becoming a music therapist. I believe that music therapy is the use of music to obtain a non-musical goal. There are many steps in this process, such as evaluating the clients’ needs, obtaining a rapport, establishing long and short term goals, and learning the clients’ style, speed, and learning style. I believe that in music therapy, anyone that has a problem, being that of mental, physical or social nature, can prosper from the use of music. I believe that music is hardwired into everyone. For example, everyone (living) has a heartbeat, pulse, respirations, which all can be set to a rhythm or beat. When I think of someone’s cultural background I think of many different examples. For
Music therapists are professionals trained to use music and/or musical instruments to promote overall health and well-being in their patients (“Positive & Negative…,” 2017).
Research showed that music could increase the protagonists’ participation in the psychodrama (Strossova, 1969). On the other hand, music as mirroring and as a psychotherapeutic agent was reported to have a more positive and healthy self concept for those clients with mentally retard (White, & Allen, 1966). In short, music was a mild means that did not involve verbal and direct expressions of protagonist’s emotions and feelings. Threatening and harm to protagonists were reduced. Less resistance from the protagonists facilitated the encounter of interpersonal interaction more easily.