The Healing Forces of Music:History, Theory, and Practice

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The Healing Forces of Music explores the shamanistic practices and musical cosmologies of the ancient world, the worlds of Eastern and Western classical forms, as well as contemporary resources. McClellan takes us into basic acoustics, the process of hearing and the vibratory nature of the human body. He presents a healing method through "cymatics" (the effect of vibration on physical matter), and also systems of healing with sound, voice and mantra, Tantric therapies and the utilization of the Endocrine Gland ...
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The Healing Forces of Music explores the shamanistic practices and musical cosmologies of the ancient world, the worlds of Eastern and Western classical forms, as well as contemporary resources. McClellan takes us into basic acoustics, the process of hearing and the vibratory nature of the human body. He presents a healing method through "cymatics" (the effect of vibration on physical matter), and also systems of healing with sound, voice and mantra, Tantric therapies and the utilization of the Endocrine Gland system and Chakra energies. He presents a thorough investigation of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual effects of music, the characteristics of healing music, procedures for using music as a healing agent and advocates a new philosophy of music as a transcendent experience.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780595006656
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 1,435,306
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part 1 Basic Concepts of Sound, Hearing and the Human Body 7
Chapter 1 The Physical Manifestation of Sound 9
Vibration
Wave Motion
Complex Harmonic Motion
Speed of Sound
Wave Length
Harmonic Series, Resonance
The World of the Atom
Chapter 2 The process of Physical-Psychological Hearing 25
Biological Hearing
Psychological Hearing
Experiments in Hearing Preparation
Chapter 3 The Vibratory Nature of the Human Body 38
Brainwaves
Relationship of Body
Mind and Spirit
The Etheric
Emotional and Mental Bodies
Part 2 The Application of Tones for Therapeutic Purposes 45
Chapter 4 The Principles of Healing With Sound 47
Therapeutic Application of Frequencies
Cymatics
The Effect of Vibration On Physical Matter
The Wisdom of Caution
Chapter 5 The Power Within: Maintaining Health Through The Voice 58
Introduction
Mantra
Philosophy of Tantra and the System of Chakras
Chapter 6 Tonifying the Glands and Organs With The Voice 72
Use of Breath
Anatomy of Singing
Extending Vocal Range
Use of Vowels for Health
Chapter 7 Methods and Procedures in Sound Healing 96
Individual Preparation
Working with a Partner
Working With Groups
Droning
Part 3 The Application of Music for Therapeutic Purposes 107
Chapter 8 Historical Perspective 109
Origins of Use
Shamanistic Practice
Music Therapy in the Ancient World
Greece and Western Europe
Recent Developments in the United States
Chapter 9 Music Cosmologies and the Inner Sound 120
Chinese Approaches
Hindu Approaches
Johaness Kepler
Concepts of Music Cosmology in Native American Philosophy
Concepts of Indian Time Cycles and Possible Correlations with the Natural Harmonic Series
Chapter 10 How Music Effects Us Emotionally and Physically 131
Physical Responses to Music
The Role of the Brain in the Comprehension of Music
The Resonating Effect of Music
The Effect of Music on Emotions
Correlations Between Mood Qualities and Music
The Parameters of Music
Procedures
Chapter 11 How Music Effects Us Mentally and Spiritually 148
The Mental Process of Music Perception
Mental Levels of Music Perception
Music and Altered States
Applications
Trance Music
Meditational Music
Chapter 12 Systematic Approaches to Music Healing 168
Chinese Concepts and Recent Innovations
Chapter 13 Characteristics of Healing Music 179
Epilogue: Areas For Further Investigation, Future Stages of Development, Final Thoughts 186
Appendices
A Thoughts on Correlations of Color and Sound 190
B Bibliography of Books Cited 197
Notes 201
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2000

    The classic study of the history and theory of music as a healing modality

    Written in 1980 to accompany a college level course and first published in 1988, this book explores the shamanistic practices and musical cosmologies of the ancient world, Eastern and Western classical forms as well as contemporary sources. Takes the reader into basic acoustics, the process of hearing and the vibratory nature of the human body. Presents a healing method through cymatics and outlines systems of healing with sound, voice and mantra, Tantric therapies and the utilization of the Endocrine gland system and Chakra energies. Presents a thorough investigation of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual effects of music, the characteristics of healing music, procedures for using music as a healing agent and advocates a new philosophy of music as a transcendent experience.

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