Most of us have experienced the healing power of music either as listeners, dancers, or players; yet there are ways in which music is much more powerful than we can even imagine. Learn about the science and share stories of healing.
"The power of music to integrate and cure is quite fundamental. It is the profoundest non-chemical medication." Oliver Sacks, M.D., Awakenings.
Most of us have experienced the healing power of music either as listeners, dancers, or players; yet there are ways in which music is much more powerful than we can imagine. Recent neuroscientific studies demonstrate how music touches our memories, emotions, senses, motor system, and language in ways that the concept of “right brain/left brain” does not even begin to capture. Music is one of the most complex activities that human beings partake of - both as makers of music and as listeners. This is why people with dementia who do not know their own names or are not otherwise able to communicate are able to sing songs. We will share stories and music. We'll visit how we use music for support and wellness during Lockdown. We will hear some of the latest remarkable findings in the emerging field of music and healing, draw upon the work of Oliver Sacks, Daniel Levitin, and others and engage in experiential exercises that will empower us to think outside of the box and encourage us to share our live music for healing in the world.