Music

What the Science tells us

When asked about his theory of relativity Einstein said: " It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception" Albert Einstein

Music And The Brain

My mentors are the psychologist William Glasser, the ‘Father of American music therapy’ E. Thayer Gaston, his colleague William Sears, Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers.

Gaston outlined three principles or values that are a primary source of direction for the use of music in therapy:

1. The establishment or re-establishment of inter-personal relationships
2. The bringing about of self-esteem through self-actualisation.
3. The utilisation of the unique potential of rhythm to energize and bring order.

Thayer Gaston’s general views can be summarized as follows;
1. Music is a means of non-verbal communication deriving potency from its wordless meaning.
2. Music is the most adaptable of the arts being utilized with individuals, groups, and in various locations.
3. Music through participation or listening lessens feelings of loneliness.
4. Music elicits moods derived from emotions and has the capability of communicating ones good feeling for another.
5. Music can dissolve fears of closeness because its non-verbal nature allows an intimacy that is non-threatening.
6. Music, in most cases, is sound without associated threat.
7. The shared musical experience can be a form of structured reality upon which the therapist and the patient can form a relationship with some confidence.
8. Musical experiences passes as intimacy because listeners and performers derive their own responses from each musical experience.
9. Preparation and performance of music can bring about a feeling of gratification and accomplishment.