In Memoriam: Don Campbell, 1943-2012
It is with great sadness that I tell my readers about the passing of one of my main mentors in Music Healing, Don G. Campbell. Don was a wonderful teacher and a brilliant author and presenter. You probably know him for his best-selling book, "The Mozart Effect." After that book came out in the mid-1990's it was rapidly followed by multiple CD sets that presented Don's chosen music for babies, children, and adults, using what he knew about how music of all kinds affects the mind and the body.
Don was a proud Texan, but spent some of his teen years in France, studying with Nadia Boulanger, while his father was in the diplomatic core. After graduating from North Texas State, Don taught in Japan at an American School there and became aquainted with Eastern music and healing modalities. Eventually he settled in Boulder, Colorado and started his Institute for Music, Health and Education. It was about this time, in the late 1980's, that I met Don when he came to one of my classes at the University of Kentucky, School of Music, and talked to our graduate seminar about his new book "The Musical Brain."
In 1991, our paths crossed again when we both attended at workshop in Phoenix, AZ on "The Healing Power of Gregorian Chant," presented by the world-renowned Dr. Alfred Tomatis. Shortly after that, I attended one of his summer intensive seminars in Boulder and soon was invited to be on the faculty of that Institute, a job I accepted with great pride.
I was already a great believer in the healing power of music, but this opened my eyes to the fact that there were many, many people in the world who had written books on the topic and devoted their lives to using music as a healing modality. Don was a great role model for me of someone who took a different path from traditional music therapy and yet had respect from many music therapists. Don's brilliance enabled him to speak the languages that brought together musicians, medical personnel of all kinds, spiritual leaders, psychologists, anthropologists and journalists.
Don's presentation skills were such that he regularly presented keynote speeches to conferences around the world and collaborated with people such as Joan Borysenko and the Dalai Lama. His over 20 books include such titles as "Music: Physician for Times to come," "Music and Miracles" and "Healing at the Speed of Sound."
When Don was diagnosed with pancreative cancer in late January, we all knew that we had only a few months left with him. Don chose to share his journey with all of his students and fans through the website www.caringbridge.com and you can still there and read his brave and inspiring posts. He chose to call his cancer "pancreative cancer" rather than "pancreatic." Don will be greatly missed. His wit, his kindness to others and his amazing energy and love for the healing powers of music and especially Mozart, will live on for a long, long time!
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Three basic emotions evoked by Western music
affect people everywhere, regardless of culture or habits
Three basic emotions evoked by Western music affect people everywhere, regardless of culture or habits, a new study shows.
People in Africa who’ve never listened to a radio can still pick up on happy, sad, and fearful emotions in Western music, researchers say in the journal Current Biology.
These emotions in music can be universally recognized, says Thomas Fritz of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. “These findings could explain why Western music has been so successful in global music distribution, even in music cultures that do not as strongly emphasize the role of emotional expression in their music,” Fritz says in a news release.
In some musical traditions, music is appreciated for qualities other than emotions, such as group coordination rituals, the researchers say.
Fritz and colleagues, including Stefan Koelsch of the University of Sussex, set out to determine whether the emotional aspects of Western music could be appreciated by people who had no prior knowledge of it.
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For nearly two decades, I've been helping people use the music that
they already love to heal their lives and increase their wellness
am one of the world's only clinical musicologists and hold
a Masters degree in piano performance, a Ph.D. in
musicology and a Master of Social Work in clinical social work. I
am also a licensed clinical social worker. I work with people and
diagnoses of all kinds, enabling them to find healing, acceptance and
I love performing, researching, and teaching and have put them all together in a career called "Music Medicine."
See you next month!!