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Music and Wellbeing
Dean Olsher LCAT, MT-BC, MS
There is a gaping hole in the beating heart of the music therapy universe, which has lost a generous, loving, one-of-a-kind presence.
The film has important lessons for our time––about love, betrayal, the fight against fascism, and the necessity of music.
How will you spend your next hour of free time? You can lie on the couch and stare at Facebook or take an extended walk. Which choice do you think is better for your mood?
"Even though Campbell cannot recognize himself in a home movie from his younger days, he is still able to deploy his exquisite singing voice and guitar chops onstage."
The growing field of music psychology research is sharing counterintuitive insights into the ways humans use music to regulate mood.
National Creative Arts Therapy week, the third week of March, recognizes young professions built around ancient human activities.
Meeting life’s challenges head-on allows us to not be crushed by anxiety. It is this struggle that gives our lives meaning.
One reason the creative arts are a powerful therapeutic resource is that they function on multiple levels. This particular song operated on at least three.
It is a gift to have a common intergenerational reference that embodies the hero’s journey in the character of Luke Skywalker.
At his inauguration, President Kennedy signaled his administration’s commitment to the notion that the creative arts are essential to a healthy democracy.
Faced with a threat to his very existence, the composer responded in the most uniquely human way possible—with an act of artistic creation.
An unfamiliar voice proposed something radical and completely unexpected. It told me to go to church. This came as a rather huge surprise, as I am a dedicated non-believer.
Music therapists are effective at treating autism. Autistic people think it is wrong of us to try.
Researchers in England have taken a stab at answering one of life’s unanswered questions: Why do we make music?
People ask me all the time, “How does music therapy work?” At first I start preparing an answer about its effectiveness. Quickly, though, it becomes clear they’re asking a question that seems simple but is in fact just as complicated.
Dean Olsher is a music therapist in New York City.