Music As Medicine

Although music as a creative manifestation of the human mind does not often aim specifically at social or utilitarian function, its materialized results find wide application in the manifold use of this aspect of passive perception. The use of music for work, marches, the stimulation of mass sentiment or emotional impact (patriotism, war, etc), for entertainment, oblivion, mood change, mood creation, and background music for motion pictures, evokes realistic responses, where music is applied for its effect, rather than for its intrinsic value.

It is therefore no surprise that the applied use of music should be used in the care and treatment of the sick mind and body. More than purely physical phenomena as vibration and harmonics (sonotherapy), music easily convinces listeners that they are physiologically and psychically effected by such musical characteristics as mood, intensity, pitch and rhythmical outline.

Today when Robert Gupta was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. He tells a moving story of society’s marginalized and the power of music therapy, which can succeed where conventional medicine fails.

Music is well known to have a significant effect on physiology and is widely used as an effective therapeutic tool in stress and pain management, rehabilitation, and behavior modification, but its effects are not well understood. This Course explains what music is, how it is processed by and affects the body, and how it can be applied in a range of physiological and psychological conditions. Rhythm, melody, timbre, harmony, dynamics, and form, and their effects on the body are explored in detail, helping practitioners create effective therapy interventions that complement other treatment systems. Case studies and evidence from research and practice show how music therapy can benefit people with autistic spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, schizophrenia, and sensory difficulties, among other conditions.

Thus it is only proper for PanAm to explore a course in Music as a therapeutic, probably one of the oldest medicine's of mankind.