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Why are we able to recognize melodies in our first days of life? Why does making music actually switch off the genes that signal stress? It is because music is part of who we are at the deepest level—and we don't need any special talent or training to harness its power to enhance our lives. With Music Medicine, music therapist Christine Stevens presents an information-pack Why are we able to recognize melodies in our first days of life? Why does making music actually switch off the genes that signal stress? It is because music is part of who we are at the deepest level—and we don't need any special talent or training to harness its power to enhance our lives. With Music Medicine, music therapist Christine Stevens presents an information-packed resource, filled with scientifically-based practices for accessing and attuning to the natural healing properties of music. Drawing from a wealth of research and her own pioneering healing work in some of the most challenging places around the world, Stevens invites you to discover: Accessing the four elements of music-rhythm as medicine for the body, melody for the heart, harmony for the soul, and silence for the mind • Conscious listening-how to open yourself fully to the healing potential that music offers • Your musical self-accessing your voice, spirit, and inner music for healing and change • Clinical research, case studies, and stories that reveal music's extraordinary capacity to reduce stress, prevent illness, and strengthen the immune system • How music connects us to each other and creates community, even in places of war and conflict • Inspirational guidance on how to use music for spirituality, personal growth, and well-being • Healing playlists-each chapter features valuable download recommendations and links for selecting healing music • The drum massage, creating your power song, full-body listening, and other effective and enjoyable practices "Music's medicine awaits your discovery," says Christine Stevens. "I invite you to release any doubts that you are musical, and to realize the power of music to nourish your body, mind, heart, and soul." With Music Medicine, she provides a thoroughly researched and practical guide for integrating the healing benefits of sound into your life—and discovering the extraordinary transformation that occurs when we liberate our own inner music.


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Why are we able to recognize melodies in our first days of life? Why does making music actually switch off the genes that signal stress? It is because music is part of who we are at the deepest level—and we don't need any special talent or training to harness its power to enhance our lives. With Music Medicine, music therapist Christine Stevens presents an information-pack Why are we able to recognize melodies in our first days of life? Why does making music actually switch off the genes that signal stress? It is because music is part of who we are at the deepest level—and we don't need any special talent or training to harness its power to enhance our lives. With Music Medicine, music therapist Christine Stevens presents an information-packed resource, filled with scientifically-based practices for accessing and attuning to the natural healing properties of music. Drawing from a wealth of research and her own pioneering healing work in some of the most challenging places around the world, Stevens invites you to discover: Accessing the four elements of music-rhythm as medicine for the body, melody for the heart, harmony for the soul, and silence for the mind • Conscious listening-how to open yourself fully to the healing potential that music offers • Your musical self-accessing your voice, spirit, and inner music for healing and change • Clinical research, case studies, and stories that reveal music's extraordinary capacity to reduce stress, prevent illness, and strengthen the immune system • How music connects us to each other and creates community, even in places of war and conflict • Inspirational guidance on how to use music for spirituality, personal growth, and well-being • Healing playlists-each chapter features valuable download recommendations and links for selecting healing music • The drum massage, creating your power song, full-body listening, and other effective and enjoyable practices "Music's medicine awaits your discovery," says Christine Stevens. "I invite you to release any doubts that you are musical, and to realize the power of music to nourish your body, mind, heart, and soul." With Music Medicine, she provides a thoroughly researched and practical guide for integrating the healing benefits of sound into your life—and discovering the extraordinary transformation that occurs when we liberate our own inner music.

30 review for Music Medicine: The Science and Spirit of Healing Yourself with Sound

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    4.5 ⭐️

  2. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    As a musician and therapist, I've always been curious about music therapy and was glad to find a book about the topic written by a music therapist. Stevens begins with the premise that music is innate. It can not only heal us, but can undo what has been done to us like trauma. Even for non-musicians, music therapy can help and she often draws this out with drums, vocals, or listening. Her conceptualization of the four elements of music correspond with seasonal/life changes. To uncover our inner As a musician and therapist, I've always been curious about music therapy and was glad to find a book about the topic written by a music therapist. Stevens begins with the premise that music is innate. It can not only heal us, but can undo what has been done to us like trauma. Even for non-musicians, music therapy can help and she often draws this out with drums, vocals, or listening. Her conceptualization of the four elements of music correspond with seasonal/life changes. To uncover our inner sound, we begin with rhythm, then melody, followed by harmony, then silence. Stevens finds a good balance between self-help and research. She explores the neurological, psychological, spiritual, and cultural aspects of music, its origins, and uses. She also offers guided practices at the end of certain chapters to help one get more connected to one's inner music. My only critique is that these exercises may come off as too spiritualistic and "new agey" for those unfamiliar with therapy or the arts. While well-written, I wished they offered more concrete structure like guided meditations or exercises (if the hope is making this book accessible to non-musicians). Finally, she ends the book with examples of music propelling societal changes in uniting people with a universal language. She also provides tips and resources for personal and professional use in the appendices. Overall, Music Medicine is a well-written and impactful read for those interested in music therapy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    "Even the most beautifully tuned instrument is silent until played." - a favorite quote from this book. Love how this book helps explain how music is part of who we are—no special talent or training required. This is an excellent resource for music therapists and music teachers. "Even the most beautifully tuned instrument is silent until played." - a favorite quote from this book. Love how this book helps explain how music is part of who we are—no special talent or training required. This is an excellent resource for music therapists and music teachers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julia Kamanda

    Amazing. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in understanding our world on a whole new level.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is more of a self-help book with some research and applications from the authors work in music therapy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    An inspiring look at the crossroads between music, emotional wellbeing, and spirituality.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I read this for school. The statistics and personal stories were helpful. I thought that some of it was too "new age" for my liking. I read this for school. The statistics and personal stories were helpful. I thought that some of it was too "new age" for my liking.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sonic Catharsis

    Christine Stevens writes from the perspective of a practicing social worker and music therapist. I actually expected something different from this book, having known this about her. I suppose I was looking for some nuggets of information that only practicing music therapists have, that would be different from all the other books I have read on the subject. Much to my surprise, the information was much the same. Christine however, presents the information differently then most, it is much less te Christine Stevens writes from the perspective of a practicing social worker and music therapist. I actually expected something different from this book, having known this about her. I suppose I was looking for some nuggets of information that only practicing music therapists have, that would be different from all the other books I have read on the subject. Much to my surprise, the information was much the same. Christine however, presents the information differently then most, it is much less technical. Through a series of exercises, Stevens explores music from the perspective of Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Silence and Inner Music. These are all concepts presented in the practice of Nada Yoga. Throughout the book, she explores music as medicine as well as a spiritual tool. Rhythm, she explains is Medicine for the Body Melody, Medicine for the Heart Harmony, Medicine for the Soul Silence, Medicine for the Mind Inner Music, Medicine for the Spirit Finally, Stevens adds a final layer, Orchestrating Change: Medicine for the World. "In giving our music, we expand ourselves and connect to a greater purpose. In this final chapter, Stevens highlights the ways in which we can use music to reach others, to understand others and be the change that the world needs. Without mention, this book is a journey through the chakra energetic system, culminating on the octave, by using music (and your voice) to change the world. This book is a journey into your own heart. Stevens encourages us to chase our dreams, in doing so, we can change the world. This book explores music as a tool to do so. This is not a scientific book or a literature review, but a self-exploration. While I read through it like a text, rather rapidly, I intend to go back and explore the exercises with more intention. The book includes a CD with some fantastic tracks and teaches the user to play the drum as a personal therapy and journey tool. The book also includes an annotated playlist to coincide with each chapter in the book. Stevens encourages the use of the drum for personal drumming, in drum circles and in the community as a healing tool. As I stated, this book is a personal journey. It is not ripe with research behind the medicine of music, rather it is packed with exercises as she guides you on the journey to exploring music as medicine. I enjoyed this book and it is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in using music for personal growth and self-help. If you are looking for the research behind how music works as an instrument of healing, this is not the book you are looking for. If you are looking for some excellent drum exercises for self exploration, grab this one for your library

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    Kendall Hill

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Sparkie Allison

    Loved it

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ying Tao

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    Jim Merrell

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