Music & Wellbeing (Part 5): Music & Pain Relief

Music & pain relief So far, we have examined the positive effects of music on our wellbeing, both physically and mentally. However, if music can indeed make us ‘feel better’, is there any scope for its application towards pain relief? As well as being beneficial, can music be medicinal? There is historical evidence of musicContinue reading “Music & Wellbeing (Part 5): Music & Pain Relief”

Music & Wellbeing (Part 4): Music & Movement

This blog is a continuation of my mini-series examining the value of music on our overall wellbeing. The next two installments will look at the physical benefits of music as a means of healing and rehabilitation. I got rhythm: Music & Movement Levitin (2006, p. 174) states that the cerebellum, as one of the earliest partsContinue reading “Music & Wellbeing (Part 4): Music & Movement”

Music & Wellbeing (Part 3): Music Therapy – a brief introduction

Music Therapy As a practice, music therapy sits somewhere between art, therapy, healthcare, and psychoanalysis; it ‘invites the art, science and craft of music and healing’ (Pavlicevic, 1999, p. 141). Its practice has been proven as having a ‘huge impact on confidence, and therefore improved wellbeing’ (Therapy Today, 2011, p. 5). Besides more common associationsContinue reading “Music & Wellbeing (Part 3): Music Therapy – a brief introduction”

Music & Wellbeing (Part 2). I feel good: Music and feelings of pleasure

Continuing this mini-series on the the value of music in our wellbeing, today’s post examines how & why we feel pleasure upon hearing music. I feel good: Music and feelings of pleasure A number of studies on the human brain have noticed our ability to differentiate between ‘noise’ and ‘music’. Listening to music uses theContinue reading “Music & Wellbeing (Part 2). I feel good: Music and feelings of pleasure”

Music & Wellbeing (Part 1): The intrinsic value of music

This mini series is a collection of edited extracts from my undergraduate thesis on the benefits of music on wellbeing. Over the next few ‘chapters’, I shall investigate the aesthetic, holistic, physical and education angles of music as an aid to improving wellbeing. But first, an introduction into the value of music within itself, orContinue reading “Music & Wellbeing (Part 1): The intrinsic value of music”