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Here are a few videos and articles related to the powers and effects of music:

http://www.musictherapy.org/events/media/ Various links to MT news in media

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords recovers speech through music therapy

Dr. Oliver Sacks speaking on music therapy

Article from Science Daily about how music effects the brain

Article from Science Daily about the benefits of music with Cancer patients

http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/MindBodyandSpirit/music-therapy

Article from Neuroscience News on how music enhances learning

Article on benefits of music with Autism

Why music is important in education http://www.musicempowersfoundation.org/why-music.html

Your Brain on Music educational article series https://www.facebook.com/musicempowers/app_107231906052100

WHY MUSIC AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? 

Music moves people in many ways – and I don’t just mean your body, I mean your mind, heart, and soul.  It heals, it strengthens, it unifies, it educates, it connects, it represents, it empowers, and it saves.  And greatest of all, it is natural.

Physiologically, music has a powerful effect.  Its energy instantly changes the biorhythm of neurons in the mind and body, organizing neurological impulses.  Music has been scientifically proven to increase endorphins and serotonin levels as well as decrease cortisol levels.  It slows down and balances brain waves, equilibrium, heart rate, and blood pressure.  It can elevate mood and control temperature and temperament.  It enhances learning ability, memory, immune systems, endurance, coping, motivation, and productivity.  It has been used as therapy for stroke and brain injury victims, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease sufferers, Epilepsy, Autism, developmental disabilities, and issues such as depression and grief.  Music, as a memory muscle, has been proven to trigger the development or recovery of language and its emotional significance.  Dr. Oliver Sacks (“Awakenings” and “Musicophelia: Tales of Music and the Brain”) reports that patients with neurological disorders who cannot talk or move are often able to sing, and sometimes even dance, to music.

Darwin wrote that music evolved as a social connection.  It seems to be a basic natural instinct at birth.  It has been used to document and preserve cultures and events in history.  It educates and creates understanding.  Music can connect the world with one song.  But more importantly, it has been used to make us better.  Ancient Egyptians believed that music could heal and purify souls.  Ancient Greeks believed it could heal bodies.  For centuries, music has been embraced as a means to heal the mentally ill.  Music therapy was officially adapted in modern times after WWI when V.A. hospitals noticed a substantial boost in spirit and recovery, both physically and emotionally, when music was present.  There is no doubt that the effects are powerful.

Speaking to the power of music, it is hands-down one of the greatest resources in life.  It is an art and a science.  It can transport one into an altered state of being.  Just a few notes of a song can immediately spark emotion and mood, and take you back to a specific moment in place and time.  It Moves and inspires.  It can calm the beast in all of us or it can ignite creativity.  It can allow us to release emotion and speak the unspoken.  It has been the voice of a generation and a synonymous chant of a movement.  It teaches.  It is a ceremonious tool to celebrate, grieve, and show appreciation.  It has served as a form of spiritual praise and has transformed souls.  It has given meaning and substance to many.  It can bond people to one another regardless of differences.  It is a universal language that has no boundaries.  It can make you feel a part of something bigger than yourself.

Imagine how one song changed your life or got you through a tough time.  Think about how music has shaped your life and relationships.  Now consider how it has affected the rest of the world and the importance of its role in our survival.  Music is something we must preserve and nurture, but most of all, it is something we must continue to hold sacred and use in a positive way.  Let’s spread that power to give hope, health, and happiness to one another!

 

 

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