Music, an Alternative to Medicine?

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Music is used in a variety of different ways. Some are very simple and logical, many others are creative and complex. Music is used to give emphasis to movies and advertisements, commercials and TV shows. Music is also used to express feelings and to communicate ideas and thoughts, without the barrier of language. People who cannot understand a language, can respond to music by singing, dancing, beating on a drum, in whatever way; people respond to music, and they like it (Weiss). A song may mean totally different things to different people with their own preferences and cultures. Show a popular piece of music to two different people and without a doubt, their interpretations and views of the song will almost never be exactly the same (if you need more sources this would be an EASY one to find a quote/reference to). The same song in the U.S. may be interpreted the same way in Germany, or Japan, or it may be interpreted in a different way. This is the great thing about music it is all relative to one’s personal views and preferences. Meaning that music is the universal language to speak with and through, allowing for the ultimate tool to both express feelings and to interpret other’s feelings. One more use of music, and possibly one of the most underutilized ways is to heal. Musical healing has been used for millennia with positive results. (Again…it would be super easy to pop a date in here and reference a source). Utilized by the very first shamans who practiced the change in consciousness to make contact with the spiritual realm. Music therapy has healed wounds both physical and mental and has been proven effective against many forms of diseases (Reiser). In Ancient Egypt, physicians sang scripture in curative tones. Witch Doct... ... middle of paper ... ...st (Washington, DC): Health 10. Jul 05 1994.SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 3 Oct. 2013 Whitmore, Barbara. "Musical Birth." Student Research Center. EBSCOhost, 1997. Web. 4 Oct. 2013 Orser, Amy M. "The Creative Arts in the Hospice Setting." Thanatos. Fall 1991: 9-15. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 08 Oct 2013 Campbell, Don G. The Mozart Effect for Children: Awakening Your Child's Mind, Health, and Creativity with Music. New York: William Morrow, 2000. Print Myers, David G. "3B." Myers' Psychology for AP. New York, NY: Worth, 2011. N. pag. Print. Baker, Felicity, Jeanette Tamplin, and Jeanette Kennelly. Music Therapy Methods in Neurorehabilitation: A Clinician's Manual. London: J. Kingsley, 2006. Print. "Left Brain vs Right Brain." About.com Psychology. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. Shaw, Gina. "Sound Medicine." Neurology Now Oct. 2006: 27-29. Print.
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