Research

Music as Medicine

While music has long been recognized as an effective form of therapy to provide an outlet for emotions, the notion of using song, sound frequencies and rhythm to treat physical ailments is a relatively new domain, says psychologist Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, who studies...

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Music Helps Patients Recall Memories and Emotions

A recent study shows that dementia and Alzheimer’s patients can recall memories and emotions, and have enhanced mental performance after singing classic hits and show tunes from movies and musicals – a breakthrough in understanding how music affects those with...

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Music Therapy for our Soldiers

I was ushered into a room, where I took a seat around a pedestal table large enough to seat ten. The top of the table was not made of wood or plastic, but was a drum head. Staff members started wheeling in these old men and sitting them around the drum table. Most...

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The Status of Music Therapy

This thesis provides us with an idea of how Music Therapy is utilized in some Florida assisted living and nursing homes. This provides us with the idea that assisted living centers use and appreciate music therapy’s presence in the...

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Composite Effects of Group Drumming

Dr. Barry Bittman, CEO and medical director of Meadville Medical Center in Meadville, PA, is a leader in quantifying the healing effects of percussive music.  His research on group drumming is a concise and scientific approach laying out a compelling case for music as...

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The Neurochemistry of Music

This extensive journal article from Trends in Cognitive Sciences written by Mona Lisa Chanda and Daniel J. Levitin from the Department  of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, is a fascinating deep-dive into the physiological and chemical effects of music...

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