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January 2014

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Music for Health and Wellness in 2014

I stepped into the world of professional music and healing in 1990.  Prior to that time, I was a professional musician and college music professor who believed in the healing power of music intuitively.  I do believe that almost 25 years later, the world is much more aware now of all of the many ways that music and sound can be used for healing and restorative purposes.  I also believe that people are more aware of all the medical and health situations that can be treated, healed and improved with music and sound.  From preemies and newborns to the well and frail elderly, music is powerful and should be considered just as much as medication, surgery, or other kinds of therapy.  Today, there are thousands and thousands of pages of information online about how to use music for healing purposes.  I'm proud to say that www.HealingMusicEnterprises.com was one of the pioneers in the field, being launched in 1996.

As we begin 2014, let's look at some events that feature new developments in health and wellness.

  • The Heart-Centered Musician: Honoring our Past, Envisioning our Future,
    October 23-26, 2014, sponsored by the Music for Healing and Transitions Program (MHTP) at beautiful Camp Allen in Navasota, TX. Camp Allen Website. This conference will celebrate MHTP’s 20th year of training therapeutic musicians. It is being held in Texas, where MHTP started.

  • A new app will be available in 2014 for wellness and insomnia.  It is a collaborative effort between Concord Music Group in Los Angeles and the Music Therapy Department at U of California, Northridge.  Stay tuned for more information about this!  The app will be available for iPad or MacBook and is Beta testing now!  For more info see www.tuneupsleep.com/ .
  • Subtle Energies & Music, presented by Stella Benson: Friday, February 7, 2014, 2pm-4pm PST. Healing musicians influence, and are influenced by, subtle energy. The new science of subtle energies is emerging with surprising results that can affect our work as healing musicians. Learn what the research community has learned, how we are affected by subtle energies, and how we affect subtle energies, which can enhance or defeat our service at the bedside. Includes three 2-6 minute videos, and a short audio lecture on Geometric Effects on the Human Psyche. Please see "Time Zone Converter" at the top for national/international time conversions. $80.00/2hrs. per person. (Optional 2 CEU credit)

There is a lot going on in 2014 if you want to learn more about music and healing.  This is just a beginning!  I am also available to speak in your city, or at your university or association or conference!  My topics range from Music Healing with Pregnancy, Preemies and Newborns to Music with Alzheimer's and other Dementias.  Of course my specialty now is music with surgery, so if want more information, just contact me at DrAlice@SurgicalSerenity.com.


   Healing Music Blog

A small lesson on ancient music healing methods

When did the culture of Sumeria thrive?  According to my sources, that would be 4th millennium B.C.

According to Wikipedia, instruments of Ancient Mesopotamia include harps, lyres, lutes, reed pipes, and drums. Many of these were shared with neighboring cultures. Contemporary East African lyres and West African lutes preserve many features of Mesopotamian instruments (van der Merwe 1989, p. 10).

The vocal tone or timbre was probably similar to the pungently nasal sound of the narrow-bore reed pipes, and most likely shared the contemporary “typically” Asian vocal quality and techniques, including little dynamic changes and more graces, shakes, mordents, glides and microtonal inflections. Singers probably expressed intense and withdrawn emotion, as if listening to themselves, as shown by the practice of cupping a hand to the ear (as is still current in modern Assyrian music and many Arab and folk musics) (van der Merwe 1989, p. 11).

Two badly damaged silver pipes have been excavated from a grave at Ur and dated to c. 2500 BCE. The pipes were crafted with what appear to be finger holes, and it is believed that they formed a pair of tubes – “double-pipes” – that had reeds inserted. A number of reconstructions have been proposed, the most recent being a pair of thin tubes with three finger holes in one tube and four finger holes in the other.[1

So how were these instruments used for healing purposes?  Probably the Sumerians were well-aware of the connection between emotions and health as well as the ability of music to induce emotion of all kinds.

In ancient Rome, Minerva (Etruscan: Menrva) was the Roman goddess of wisdom and sponsor of arts, trade, and defense. She was the virgin goddess of music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, and magic.

Music has always been a huge part of civilization and many ethnomusicologists believe that the first music was an attempt to imitate nature:  the waves lapping the shore, the wind through the trees, chirping crickets and birdsongs.  Music is one of the greatest gifts God has given us and can calm the savage breast (yes, that’s the correct phrase) as well as stir us to be brave and do great things.  It can bring sadness and tears or inspire great joy and happiness.  We are just beginning to understand how all of this happens.  In the meantime, just enjoy all the beautiful music our world provides.

Please visit our blog for additional "Healing Music" articles

    Surgery and Music Blog

Surgical Serenity Solutions featured in Local Magazine

TodaysWoman.2013 One of the challenges that we musicians, music therapists, and clinical musicologists have is publicity. In the past, unless one had a very healthy marketing and advertising budget, it was just not possible to let the world know what all of the possibilities were for healing with music, how music affects the brain, and the tremendous benefits of music with surgery. Now, much of that has changed!

With the internet and the world wide web, we now have the possibility of electronic magazines (ezines), blogs, Facebook, Twitter and so much more. All of these are basically free, but there is just a little bit of a learning curve. Thanks to all of the new “social media” options, millions more people are now aware of the healing power of music. And this week, out came one more great article about the Surgical Serenity Solution. http://issuu.com/todayswoman.com/ 

Would love to get your comments and questions after ready this! Thanks!

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    Brain and Music Blog

Music and Brain Injury: Proof is here again!

Brain injuries have always been with us.  Every year, thousands of brain injuries occur in the U.S. alone, but now scientists are discovering how powerful music can be in restoring memories for the survivors of brain injury.  Today, another study was published on some exciting findings!

In the first study of its kind, two researchers have used popular music to help severely brain-injured patients recall personal memories. Amee Baird and Séverine Samson outline the results and conclusions of their pioneering research in the recent issue of the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.

Although their study covered a small number of cases, it’s the very first to examine ’music-evoked autobiographical memories’ (MEAMs) in patients with acquired brain injuries (ABIs), rather than those who are healthy or suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease.

In their study, Baird and Samson played extracts from ‘Billboard Hot 100′ number-one songs in random order to five patients. The songs, taken from the whole of the patient’s lifespan from age five, were also played to five control subjects with no brain injury. All were asked to record how familiar they were with a given song, whether they liked it, and what memories it invoked.

Doctors Baird and Samson found that the frequency of recorded MEAMs was similar for patients (38%-71%) and controls (48%-71%). Only one of the four ABI patients recorded no MEAMs. In fact, the highest number of MEAMs in the whole group was recorded by one of the ABI patients. In all those studied, the majority of MEAMs were of a person, people or a life period and were typically positive. Songs that evoked a memory were noted as more familiar and more liked than those that did not.

As a potential tool for helping patients regain their memories, Baird and Samson conclude that: “Music was more efficient at evoking autobiographical memories than verbal prompts of the Autobiographical Memory Interview (AMI) across each life period, with a higher percentage of MEAMs for each life period compared with AMI scores.”

“The findings suggest that music is an effective stimulus for eliciting autobiographical memories and may be beneficial in the rehabilitation of autobiographical amnesia, but only in patients without a fundamental deficit in autobiographical recall memory and intact pitch perception.”

The authors hope that their ground-breaking work will encourage others to carry out further studies on MEAMs in larger ABI populations. They also call for further studies of both healthy people and those with other
neurological conditions to learn more about the clear relationship between
memory, music and emotion; they hope that one day we might truly “understand the
mechanisms underlying the unique memory enhancing effect of music.”

Journal Reference:

  1. A. Baird, S. Samson. Music evoked autobiographical memory after severe acquired brain injury: Preliminary findings from a case series. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 2013; : 1 DOI: 10.1080/09602011.2013.858642

View Other articles regarding the relationship between music and the brain.


    Alice H. Cash

For nearly two decades, I've been helping people use the music that they already love to heal their lives and increase their wellness quotient!  I 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 hope.

I love performing, researching, and teaching and have put them all together in a career called "Music Medicine." 

See you next month!!

 Alice Cash        




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