"We Are All Connected" was made from sampling Carl Sagan's Cosmos, The History Channel's Universe series, Richard Feynman's 1983 interviews, Neil deGrasse Tyson's cosmic sermon, and Bill Nye's Eyes of Nye Series, plus added visuals from The Elegant Universe (NOVA), Stephen Hawking's Universe, Cosmos, the Powers of 10, and more. It is a tribute to great minds of science, intended to spread scientific knowledge and philosophy through the medium of music.
I am a music therapist. My work involves facilitating aesthetic experiences with and for my clients. Beautiful sounds make up a majority of the therapy sessions. Who are my music therapy influences in this regard? Definitely Carolyn Kenny, Helen Bonny, and of course Clive Robbins and Paul Nordoff...
Editor's Note: What makes music 'beautiful'? How do we work with this as music therapists? Suzannah writes curiously and raises some interesting points on beauty in the context of music therapy.
There is a code that lies both within and without. This secret yet open code points the way to your purpose, your happiness and your greatness…
Editor's Note from Sophia Hansen:The Golden Ratio is best summed up by Matthew Cross himself, "...the ultimate integrative learning principle. It unites every discipline under (and above) the sun: Nature, humanity, science, religion, design, medicine, health, beauty, biology, astronomy, quantum physics, life science, psychology, peak performance, poetry, art, music, architecture, design… the list is as infinite as one’s imagination—and beyond." Mr. Cross' aptly articulates the significance of this very significant principle found in all of Life and leaves you wanting to know more.
Though highly structured, music accommodates individual interpretation and creativity: no two will be expressing themselves in precisely the same way, thus providing a format for learning about one’s own unique manner of approaching the creative process, expressing one’s self, interacting with others, and organizing/interpreting artistic material...
Editor' Note: As an internship director I developed this list of common music therapy goals that I have provided to my interns as a useful reference in their practice. I hope that you will find it useful as well. If you have goals to add to this, please post a comment to add to the list!
Only Puccini could write music as emotionally heart-rending, but even this master of sad songs never came close to composing a symphonic suicide note. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky did just that. On October 28, 1893, he premiered his Sixth (Pathetique) Symphony to a lukewarm St. Petersburg audience. Nine days later, he was dead. Officially, he contracted cholera as a result of drinking unfiltered water. Unofficially, back in Czarist Russia, this would have equated to swallowing poison...
As a first time mother of an eight-and-a-half month old, I'd like to begin with a personal anecdote of how music has already had an influence on my child's life.
Since the day that we brought my son, Luke, home from the hospital, I have been playing music or singing to him (albeit, not well but he seems to like it!). I didn't think much about music having the ability to calm him down until one day I was driving down the freeway and he started to become very fussy and cry...
Editor's Note from Michael Williams:Parent to Child and Therapy Associates is a therapy studio located in Center City, Philadelphia. With emphasis on art and music therapies, it helps children with anxiety, depression and other kinds of mental issues. Temple University student Steven Yuan reports on October 6, 2012 during its special opening hours collaborated with Philadelphia Open Studio Tour (POST) project.
Editor's Note: This video illustrates some of the music therapy work and its results in working with people in the Calgary area who have suffered brain injuries. Through this work Jennifer and her music therapists are enabling people to speak who otherwise would not have that opportunity. (ARBI stands for the Association of the Rehabilitation of Brain Injuries located in Calgary.)
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