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A Comparative Analysis of the Effects of Music Therapy in the Geriatric Population in Group Sessions versus Individual Sessions

This thesis discusses the different benefits of individual musical therapy sessions vs group musical therapy sessions in the geriatric generation. Group sessions consisted of a hello song, an activity used to increase cognitive stimulation, and a movement paired with music. Individual sessions also began with a hello song and involved singing subject preferred music, reminiscing…

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Music as Medicine

While music has long been recognized as an effective form of therapy to provide an outlet for emotions, the notion of using song, sound frequencies and rhythm to treat physical ailments is a relatively new domain, says psychologist Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, who studies the neuroscience of music at McGill University in Montreal. In a…

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Music Helps Patients Recall Memories and Emotions

A recent study shows that dementia and Alzheimer’s patients can recall memories and emotions, and have enhanced mental performance after singing classic hits and show tunes from movies and musicals – a breakthrough in understanding how music affects those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Here are five reasons why researchers believe that music boosts brain activity: Music evokes…

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The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature.

Director of McGill University’s Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition and Expertise and best-selling author of “This is Your Brain on Music,” Daniel Levitin blends cutting-edge scientific findings with his own experiences as a former record producer and still-active musician. The Music and the Brain Lecture Series is a cycle of lectures and special presentations that…

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Music Therapy for our Soldiers

I was ushered into a room, where I took a seat around a pedestal table large enough to seat ten. The top of the table was not made of wood or plastic, but was a drum head. Staff members started wheeling in these old men and sitting them around the drum table. Most were hunched…

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The Status of Music Therapy

This thesis provides us with an idea of how Music Therapy is utilized in some Florida assisted living and nursing homes. This provides us with the idea that assisted living centers use and appreciate music therapy’s presence in the facility.

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The Neurochemistry of Music

This extensive journal article from Trends in Cognitive Sciences written by Mona Lisa Chanda and Daniel J. Levitin from the Department  of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, is a fascinating deep-dive into the physiological and chemical effects of music on the brain.   The Neurochemistry of Music by Mona Lisa Chanda and Daniel J Levitin

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