The Intersection Between Music and Medicine

NPR’s Robert Siegel, host of All Things Considered, recently spoke with the director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, and Renee Fleming, world renowned soprano and Artistic Advisor at Large at the Kennedy Center. Their conversation centered on the work they are doing jointly to advance the study of music and medicine.

This weekend both Collins and Fleming will be collaborating at Sound Health, a two-day event exploring connections between music, health, wellness and science.

Listen to, or read, their ideas on how the brain responds to music.


Music Therapy and the Brain

Music therapists know first-hand that music applied in the therapeutic context is a great catalyst for learning. Enjoy an interactive tool that shows you how and why that learning happens. Brought to you by Neurothym Music Therapy, this interactive map of the brain provides a clue as to just how music therapy might stimulate various regions of the brain.

NeuroRhythm Music Therapy Explains Music Therapy Science with a colorful interactive tool

A tool to help you understand how music therapy helps the brain. Click on a brain marker or the navigation buttons below to learn more about how the brain processes music and why music therapy works to optimize the brain and provide more efficient therapy.

Our Brains are Plastic

Before exploring the learning that surrounds all that we do as providers of music therapy and music groups, it is crucial to understand one key premise – OUR BRAINS CHANGE. They keep changing even throughout adulthood.

The fact that our brains can grow in capacity is good news. It gives credence to many forms of therapy – including music therapy.

Believe it or not, it was thought in the not-so-distant past that the brains of adults do not change. Extensive research with the aid of new and fancy brain scanning methods has proved this assumption wrong. And with this improved perspective about brain possibilities for growth, we can turn to a hopeful search for practices, therapies, behavior, etc. that can help that growth along.

The term used in the world of research, amongst neuroscientists, and more and more in the mainstream is “NEUROPLASTICITY”.

For a basic look at what neuroplasticity is, we offer this brief video. Enjoy and tune in soon for a recent study about neuroplasticity and music therapy.