music therapy

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!