Pitching the argument: the reality of 432 Hz versus 440 Hz tuning

I once noticed a post on my Facebook page arguing in favour of what is called Scientific Tuning. This is where A4 (just below ‘middle C’) =432 Hz instead of 440 Hz, the modern standard to which all tuners automatically calibrate, and most of the music you hear is tuned to. The post itself wasContinue reading “Pitching the argument: the reality of 432 Hz versus 440 Hz tuning”

Music & Wellbeing (Part 6): Music Therapy & Educational Wellbeing

Music and educational wellbeing So far, we have investigated the value of music in physical and mental wellbeing. As previously discussed, a better education leads to greater feelings of wellbeing, particularly in later stages of life (Merriam & Kee, 2014). With that in mind, if we are to consider the value of music on ourContinue reading “Music & Wellbeing (Part 6): Music Therapy & Educational Wellbeing”

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 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”