Music Therapy -- The Magic of Sounds

The Power of Music Therapy

For people who have Parkinson's disease -- who cannot talk but can sing, cannot walk but can dance -- music is a blessing. For others with Alzheimer's, familiar tunes may sometimes help them remember themselves. For strange reasons, music can change our state and heal us to an extent.

While music therapy may help people with disorders like depression and Alzheimer's, its commonest use is by people with intellectual impairments or learning difficulties. It is said that between the years 1600 and 1750, Baroque music composers such as Handle, Vivaldi, Corelli and Bach specifically set out to create music that would lift the spirit and free the mind from earthly concerns.

Music therapy is not a modern invention. Plato once said that music is "a more potent instrument than any other for education." If you look back to the Middle Ages, you will learn that monks used music to help them memorize lengthy scriptural passages.

Music Therapy and Einstein

When Albert Einstein struggled with complicated formulas, he played his violin. His oldest son said, "whenever he felt that he had come to the end of the road or into a difficult situation in his work he would take refuge in music, and that would usually resolve all his difficulties." His sister also said that playing music seemed to put Einstein in "a peaceful state of mind, which facilitated his reflection."

What did Einstein have to say? When asked about the relation between music and his ground-breaking physics research he said, "Both are born of the same source and complement each other..." That is the power of music therapy.

Stars also produce tones. In August 1998, scientists at University of Berkeley, California reported a blast of an unusual star that produced an unheard-of tone in the universe.

~ Ajeet Khurana

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