music therapy

Ep. 43: Memorial Day: A combat veteran tells his story and shares how music is serving those who serve our country, with CreatiVets’ Richard Casper

Marine veteran Richard Casper’s life fell apart when he returned home with combat wounds from his service in Iraq. After nearly giving up, he discovered art and song-writing as therapeutic forms of expression, and he now uses these mediums to help other veterans heal. Richard says of songwriting: “I found out how to tell my story without actually telling my story.”

Ep.39: Parkinson’s Disease Interventions with Music; “Music provides structure for movement.” Marion Haase, M.M.

Music allows information to bypass areas of the brain that have lost their ability to communicate. And as the music is removed, these new and improved functions remain, continuing to use the new route in the brain that was made possible by the music. The brain can change, learn new things, and re-route information at any point in life. Whether a brain has received a Parkinson’s diagnosis or is simply experiencing the normal aging process, music organizes the information the brain needs to activate in the body.

Ep. 34: Music as palliative care, a container for sacred moments, and lifetime preserver of memories; with Crescent Cove’s Katie Lindenfelser

Music therapy is effective in relieving pain and increasing the quality of life for patients AND their loved ones. It can also function as a container for sacred moments; as uniquely captured memories for a lifetime; and as a mechanism for bonding, affirmation, and celebration in life-limiting situations.

Ep. 16: The Backstory of “Awakenings” and “The Music Never Stopped,” with Dr. Concetta Tomaino (basis of a main character in each film)

Dr. Concetta Tomaino co-founded the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function with the renowned author and neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks. Tomaino’s work is highlighted in two feature films based on Dr. Sacks’ work: The Music Never Stopped; and Awakenings, with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. Dr. Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation.  In this episode, she discusses her work with Dr. Sacks, highlighted in two feature films.  She also describes “active music making” as an effective and low-risk form of intervention for those suffering from neurological impairments AND depression or lack of motivation.

Ep. 12: Coldplay’s Music Therapy for Kids Suffering Illness: with Melodic Caring Project’s Levi & Stephanie Ware

Melodic Caring Project is a non-profit organization that uses music to provide therapy, hope, and empowerment to children suffering from serious illness or injury. Melodic Caring Project teams up with local and nationally touring artists to connect them directly to children by streaming personalized concerts to kids in their hospital rooms (or homes, in between treatment). Their use of technology makes participation easy, accessible, and comfortable, especially for those quarantined or experiencing immunodeficiency. What a fantastic way to enhance lives with music, by supporting and encouraging children (of all ages) and their families!

Ep. 4: Music Rewires the Brain (Maegan Morrow)

After Gabby Giffords’ horrific shooting in 2011, Maegan Morrow helped her re-learn to speak using music therapy. Maegan explains how music is used for healing the brain. The brain’s ability to pave new pathways around damaged areas is called neuroplasticity. Learn how music generates neuroplasticity superpowers!