Alzheimer’s & the Power of Music

Dr. Oliver Sacks is a neurologist with a talent for telling fascinating stories about his patients. In this video, he talks about the phenomena in which patients with Alzheimer’s are able to function almost normally when triggered by familiar songs or rhythm. Sacks has long been a proponent of music therapy, speaking of its powerContinue reading “Alzheimer’s & the Power of Music”

Dancing Cockatoos and a Possible Link to Speech

This video is hilarious and also fascinating. We once thought that humans are the only animals to “lock in” (entrain) in order to dance to a beat. However, Snowball the cockatoo has proven us wrong. In research by neuroscientist Aniruddh Patel, Snowball moved accurately to the beat 9 out of 11 times- an anomaly thatContinue reading “Dancing Cockatoos and a Possible Link to Speech”

Entrainment: How to Affect Your Mood Through Music

One of the coolest things about music is the way that our bodies respond to rhythm. Have you ever noticed your body start moving to music without conscious thought, such as tapping your toe or dancing? The act of locking in to a beat and moving is called entrainment. A great example a song specificallyContinue reading “Entrainment: How to Affect Your Mood Through Music”

Old Man Responds to Music From His Era

If you haven’t seen this video, it is so worth watching. It demonstrates how music can unlock memory in people with dementia and even give them moments of function and presence. I have seen this countless times in music therapy groups but it never gets old! FYI, this is not music therapy persay, but ratherContinue reading “Old Man Responds to Music From His Era”

Music Therapy with Veterans

This is a nice video shot at the San Francisco VA this last year during my Fellowship at MusicianCorps. It has some nice clips that illustrate music therapy in a number of ways, including: -Veterans, many with Traumatic Brain Injury, working on sustained attention through drumming -A man with Parkinson’s gait training to music (Rhythmic AuditoryContinue reading “Music Therapy with Veterans”

So What is Music Therapy, Anyway?

There have been countless times when I’ve been at a party and someone asks what I do, and then the inevitable: What is music therapy? My very broad answer is that music therapy is the use of music to achieve non-musical goals. Here are some basics that might be helpful: -Music therapy is research-based, looking at theContinue reading “So What is Music Therapy, Anyway?”

Welcome to my Music Therapy Blog!

Thanks for visiting! I wish I could offer you a cup of tea. But I’m hoping that there will be something in this for everyone. I am starting this blog to educate about Neurologic Music Therapy, and in doing so to keep myself apprised of the latest research and cool things that are happening inContinue reading “Welcome to my Music Therapy Blog!”