With Good Reason, is a radio program that examines a wide range of topics with leading scholars.  On August 4th, host Sarah McConnell examines Healing with music interviewing Jim Borling, music therapy professor at Radford University.  She provides a great overview of music therapy and how many different types of music can be effective in working with individuals - in this case teenagers.  The segment is the first 15 minutes of the show. For teenagers dealing

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I have re-posted a few articles by AMTA Immediate Past President Ronna Kaplan as she has a wonderful way of describing and clarifying various aspects of music therapy.  Today's article, Music therapy for individuals with Alzheimer's and other dementias, is an excellent description of how music therapy can help individuals.  In this article, Ronna responds to the video clip of Alive Inside (see previous News post How music awakens Alzheimer's patients) and describes for readers the profound impact music

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Interesting article from the July issue of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience about how early musical instrument training may reduce the effects of mental decline associated with aging.  If you work in music education in any way this is a must read. "...The research found that older adults who learned music in childhood and continued to play an instrument for at least 10 years outperformed others in tests of memory and cognitive ability." Read

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Reading research on music therapy from around the world provides insights and new ideas for working with different populations.  A new study is being launched in England that provides care-givers of people with Dementia a new musical tool for their arsenal. DEMENTIA carers are being encouraged to ‘whistle while they work’ as part of a new scheme to be launched in East Lancashire.  The idea, which originated in Sweden, is that carers of dementia patients

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This was originally published on July 9, 2012 - I am a bit behind the game in getting July news articles posted.  Interesting research study out of France that compared music therapy and cooking with individuals with Alzheimer's disease. Music has charms to soothe even those suffering from severe Alzheimer’s disease. That’s the key finding of encouraging new research from France, which found music therapy enhanced the moods of patients as much as four weeks after the conclusion

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From Manitoba, Canada a news clip and story about using music therapy to help the aged in nursing homes with dementia and depression.  I recommend watching both the news clip and reading the article as it is not a straight transcription of the broadcast. A growing body of research is proving how important sound is, as more doctors and therapists use music to help people with dementia, depression and even mobility issues. "...Some patients move

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From Victoria, British Columba comes a story about a young man - Ari Kinarthy.  He has very limited mobility due to Type-II spinal muscular atrophy.  Using a technology called Soundbeam he has been able to compose and record jazz, rock and orchestral tracks and produce at least one commercial CD.  I have never had the opportunity to use Soundbeam technology but have heard many good things about it and this story is an inspiring application of the

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A beautiful crafted story describing "Claire's" life history and how, in her later years with dementia, her early childhood memories are reached through Mummer's music.  It is written by her daughter. Can music “wake up” the mind? Can the familiar sounds of one’s childhood open up the pathways of a memory long subdued? Can familiar chords resonate deep within the brain and stir up long lost feelings? It would appear so, in some cases. In this

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I read this article a few months ago and often return to the AutismAsperger.net website as a great resource of information.  According to his bio, Dr. Stephen Shore was diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and was recommended for institutionalization.  Thankfully, through friends, family, teachers and many others he is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.  If you

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