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#1170981 - 03/29/09 06:49 PM ! Musical Pharmacology - NYTimes Article !
Betty Patnude Offline
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Composing Concertos in the Key of Rx
New York Times Art Section – 3/29/2009

Scientists are looking at music with a more analytical eye. A former promoter calls herself "the first musical pharmacologist".


What a good read this is for teachers, parents and students, and anyone musical!


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#1171247 - 03/30/09 08:32 AM Re: ! Musical Pharmacology - NYTimes Article ! [Re: Betty Patnude]
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The hospital where my wife works runs a program that also engages the arts in the healing process:


They've worked with several area musicians and have done some grant work with the university's music department as well.
"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)


#1171265 - 03/30/09 09:14 AM Re: ! Musical Pharmacology - NYTimes Article ! [Re: Kreisler]
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Thanks for the heads up, Betty! That was a very interesting article. I'm teaching "Psychology of Music" next fall, and I'll be spending at least an entire week on music therapy issues, so I printed this out for my files.
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#1171268 - 03/30/09 09:19 AM Re: ! Musical Pharmacology - NYTimes Article ! [Re: Kreisler]
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Three years later, even more decisive for the work that was to follow, Ms. Brandes spent three months at the bedside of her mother, who was in a coma with a rare blood cancer.

“I gave her a headset, and I played music for her,” Ms. Brandes said. “Because I knew her so well, I could tell from the subtlest changes in her hands and face what she liked and what she didn’t like. My mother was my first case study.”

Initially the dying woman responded best to the classical Spanish guitar music she had always enjoyed: Andrés Segovia, Narciso Yepes. But as her condition worsened, those old favorites seemed to distress her, and gentle Minimalism — “nothing complex,” Ms. Brandes said — proved more beneficial.
Jeez, I'm getting a sign made up - In case of coma no Minimalism! Thanks for that link Betty, very interesting.
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#1171283 - 03/30/09 09:46 AM Re: ! Musical Pharmacology - NYTimes Article ! [Re: keyboardklutz]
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Jeez, I'm getting a sign made up - In case of coma no Minimalism!

There is a touching story of a mother's steadfastness with a twist. A teen boy was in a coma and not expected to wake up. His mother refused to allow the doctors to pull the plug, and spent month after month at his bedside, singing to him. One day the miracle occured. The young man opened his eyes, and spoke his first words. "For heaven's sake, mother. Shut it!" grin

Apparently annoying music can irritate someone into recovery so that he can escape the barrage?

#1171419 - 03/30/09 01:47 PM Re: ! Musical Pharmacology - NYTimes Article ! [Re: keystring]
Betty Patnude Offline
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Does "Dr. House" know this?

Hugh Laurie's keyboard playing along with acting the role of a doctor prescribing music as prescription or therapy would be interesting, humorous, and intense.

Call the script writers!

The article was a very good one and very promising to those of us who do not do well with medical treatments and pharmaceuticals. There is a need for psychological treatment with music too. Some listening to music prescription programs set up that you can carry out at home. I'm all for it.



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