The Music Effect: Music Physiology and Clinical Applications

The Music Effect: Music Physiology and Clinical Applications

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Music is well known to have a significant effect on physiology and is widely used as an effective therapeutic tool in stress and pain management, rehabilitation, and behavior modification, but its effects are not well understood.

This book explains what 'music' is, how it is processed by and affects the body, and how it can be applied in a range of physiological and psychological conditions. Rhythm, melody, timbre, harmony, dynamics, and form, and their effects on the body are explored in detail, helping practitioners create effective therapy interventions that complement other treatment systems. Case studies and evidence from research and practice show how music therapy can benefit people with autistic spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, schizophrenia, and sensory difficulties, among other conditions.

The Music Effect is an essential resource for music therapists, clinicians, educators and anyone with an interest in holistic therapy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846424625
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 12/15/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Daniel J. Schneck is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society. He has published widely (including 18 books) and is an international consultant on basic physiological function and the role of music in human adaptation. He is also an accomplished violinist and continues to perform professionally. Dorita S. Berger is a concert pianist, an educator and a Board Certified music therapist. She is an international lecturer and consultant on music in human adaptation and its application in music therapy. Dorita runs a music therapy clinic in Norwalk, Connecticut, working with people with pervasive developmental disorders, autism, language learning delays, sensory issues and anxiety disorders. Her books include Music Therapy, Sensory Integration and the Autistic Child, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Dorita S. Berger is a concert pianist, an educator and a Board Certified music therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience in sensorimotor music-based treatment for autism spectrum and neurophysiologic-related diagnoses in children and adults. She conducts workshops and lectures on the role of music in science and medicine and continues to provide consultations and music therapy services, in addition to researching the role of music in human adaptation. Dorita resides in Durham, North Carolina, USA.

Table of Contents

Foreword, George D. Patrick, Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, Bethesda, MD. Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. What Is This Thing Called 'Music'?: General Considerations. 3: Principles of Physics From Which Derive The Elements Of Music. 4: Principles Of Physiology and The Elements Of Sensory Information Processing. 5: Fear And The Instinct For Survival: What Happens When The Set-Points Go Awry? 6: Physiologic Entrainment. 7: Rhythm In Music And Physiology. 8: Melody - The Pitch Of Human Emotion. 9: Timbre, Harmony And Dynamics: Adding Richness And Depth To Rhythm And Melody. 10: Form - Creating Aesthetic Wholeness. 11: Nature Expressed Through Nurture. 12: Coda: Where Are They Now? References. Subject Index. Author Index.

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