Medicine Singing

The voice is at once music, meditation and medicine.1 What is Medicine Singing? The word medicine in Medicine Singing has two connotations. First, it is connected with healing, as we would generally use the term – something that brings us towards wellness or wholeness. Secondly, in the Native American tradition, plants and animals are saidContinue reading “Medicine Singing”

Modal Improvisation in Therapeutic Music Part 2

See Modal Improvisation in Therapeutic Music Part 1 Here I have recorded a short improvisation on the harp in each of the Seven Healing Modes to give you a brief introduction to how they sound. I have chosen not to list examples of the feelings, modes and emotions commonly associated with each mode. This isContinue reading “Modal Improvisation in Therapeutic Music Part 2”

Modal Improvisation in Therapeutic Music Part 1

Unfamiliar music In Therapeutic Music – that is, music intended to effect positive change – the most beneficial music for the recipient is often unfamiliar to them. There are several reasons for this: unfamiliar music presents a “clean sheet” so the recipient can go on their own inner journey in response, free from previously heldContinue reading “Modal Improvisation in Therapeutic Music Part 1”

What is Therapeutic Music?

For many of us, listening to music contributes to our wellbeing. The right music at the right time soothes, relaxes and uplifts us emotionally and spiritually, restoring us to harmony and equanimity. Music can also bring about physiological changes that have a positive effect on our body and mind:  “Music initiates brainstem responses that, inContinue reading “What is Therapeutic Music?”