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The Trans-Sensory Transcendence of Music: Helen Keller’s Electrifying Letter About “Hearing” Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – Brain Pickings

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***The Power of Music Series: Impact in Our Lives***

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          I haven’t shared an essay from Brain Pickings lately and this is a good one for reflections on a weekend. We know personally the effect that music has on our spirits; research is telling us more every day. This inspiring essay from Brain Pickings shares how Helen Keller felt after “listening” to Beethoven’s Ninth. The impact of the vibrations alone enabled her to experience the Ode to Joy deeply. There are mysteries still to be discovered about music’s deep powers.

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Source: The Trans-Sensory Transcendence of Music: Helen Keller’s Electrifying Letter About “Hearing” Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – Brain Pickings

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How ambient music can help ease the trauma of the ICU | Aeon Essays

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***The Healing Power of Music Series: Music in the ICU***

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          Music is being accepted more and more as a “powerful therapeutic medium” by doctors and hospitals around the world. Today’s post brings us the story of how a group of physicians and musicians is bringing ambient music to the ICU at University College London hospital. ICU’s are among the most traumatic places in the world for the patients; they arr long overdue for an innovative redesign. This is one step in the right direction. Thank you, Aeon Essays, for this story.

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Source: How ambient music can help ease the trauma of the ICU | Aeon Essays

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Sleep better and replace painkillers with the medicinal power of music | WIRED UK

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          Across the world more and more physicians and other medical professionals are coming to understand the immense possibilities for healing of music. Wired Health tells the story of how music as medicine is helping people with sleep issues and introduces the Sync Project as a new venture in research on the power of music.

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Source: Sleep better and replace painkillers with the medicinal power of music | WIRED UK

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Exploring the Mechanisms of Music Therapy | The Scientist Magazine®

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          Music has a powerful influence on our lives in many ways, not the least being its healing power. In today’s post the Scientist Magazine looks at three basic principles of neuroplasticity of the brain to understand why music therapy works in treating various types of disease.  The article is well worth reading and sharing.

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Source: Exploring the Mechanisms of Music Therapy | The Scientist Magazine®

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The Neuroscience of Singing

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***Music and Health Series: Why Singing Is Good for You***

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          Music is one of the best natural medicines; singing is a form of music open to all of us. We sing in the shower; we sing in the choir, in choruses, along with the music we are playing. Today’s post offers insight into why singing is so good for us from the perspective of science. UPLIFT brings together in an enlightening essay some of the important ways in which singing can improve our health.

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“Singing has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and strengthen human connection. Science can now tell us why.”

Source: The Neuroscience of Singing

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What is sound therapy? | MNN – Mother Nature Network

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            Sound Therapy goes beyond what we consider music, although formal music is where it begins in our minds and perceptions. This post from Mother Nature Network is a splendidly comprehensive overview of the impact of music in our lives; it includes a series of audios and videos so you can sample different kinds of music to see what affects you most.

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“Sound therapy can create a calming effect that quiets outside noise and allows the mind to flourish.”

Source: What is sound therapy? | MNN – Mother Nature Network

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Why Music? – Memphis Music Initiative

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          In every state across the US, no matter its political leaning, there are Beacons of Hope, organizations seeded and growing in garden of local love. One of these is the Memphis Music Initiative. I will be featuring this program both in my book and in the Beacons of Hope resource guide under preparation. Explore the website of this outstanding group and share what they have accomplished with others. It may give you some ideas for your own community.

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Source: Why Music? – Memphis Music Initiative

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Dylan Klempner: Music and art have impact in hospital – Opinion – Gainesville Sun – Gainesville, FL

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          The University of Florida in Gainesville is a national leader in integrating the arts into healthcare, both within local hospitals and in the education programs linking the medical school with the arts. UF Health Shands has built its strength in multiple arts therapies through the Arts in Health Center at the University. Today’s post shows how this has an impact on patients through the experiences of local music therapists.

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“Musician-in-residence Danielle DeCosmo and I took an elevator up to one of the hospital’s oncology floors and were immediately greeted by a man in a black t-shirt with short black hair and a close-shaved beard.“Hey,” said Danielle, and we followed him around the corner toward a waiting area where floor-to-ceiling windows offer a view out over the city of Gainesville. On the other side of the glass it was a hazy July afternoon but the air inside the newly constructed…”

Source: Dylan Klempner: Music and art have impact in hospital – Opinion – Gainesville Sun – Gainesville, FL

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7 Ways Music Benefits Your Heart, Brain & Health – Collective Evolution

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           There are so many ways that music contributes to our health and improves our lives. I often post information on music in our lives; we need to be more aware that music goes far beyond being “something nice” to being a necessary part of our lived experience. This “oldie but goody” article from Collective Evolution outline seven ways that music can make our lives better.

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“Who doesn’t love music? Certainly there are some of us, but for the most part music is a big part of our lives. Whether it’s the music that we listen to on the way to work, while we workout, or the music we hear in a symphony or film, it can bring up our moods, […]”

Source: 7 Ways Music Benefits Your Heart, Brain & Health – Collective Evolution

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Orchestra Story Bank – League of American Orchestras

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          Over the last ten years there has been a movement drawing orchestras and other groups in the performing arts into more active relationships with their communities. It goes beyond the desire to cultivate new audiences to an understanding of the role of the arts in human and community development, in education and healthcare. Today’s post from the League of American Orchestras brings you some of these stories. Explore them and share what the orchestras in your community are doing.

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“Welcome to the League, dedicated to helping orchestras meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

Source: Orchestra Story Bank – League of American Orchestras

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