Music And Soulmaking

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This resource explores fascinating new avenues in music therapy. The author discusses connections between music therapy and theorizes that every little nuance found in nature is part of a dynamic system in motion. She also shows how everything is inter-related and addresses how music is able to touch people in a deep and consequentially healing way. This complex interaction results in what the author terms "Soulmaking", or the ability of music to heal what makes us vital, whole, alive, and balanced. Crowe draws upon her 25 years of experience as a music therapist to flesh out her theory of soulmaking, providing concrete examples of the effect music can have on a wide range of patients with diseases as varied as Alzheimer's and Down's Syndrome. She also addresses the four facets of human functioning: mind, body, emotion, and spirit and shows how music can touch them all.

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Editorial Reviews

November 2006 Music Educators Journal (MENC)
...I recommend reading this book. Crowe breaks down some difficult ideas so that anyone can understand them, and this makes her book a must-read.
Carol Hegedus
This is a marvelous book and I congratulate Barbara...on its completion. It is a major contribution to the field of music therapy—but also more broadly to all those who are interested in the healing nature of music.
Don Campbell
Barbara Crowe has given the world of musicians, health practitioners and scientists a daring, innovative and visionary book based on the clinical use of music in the health sciences. Music and Soulmaking stirs the heart and mind of those ready to make a leap into the true complexity of music's artistic mystery. This is a must read and a must hear for those who are visioning music's power for the 21st century.
Jeff Volk
From the physics of sound propagation to the psychoneurology of the perception of music, Barbara Crowe provides a well-documented and thoroughly compelling overview of the history and potential of sound and music as therapeutic modalities.

Drawing from her many years as an academician and a practicing music therapist, she conveys a wealth of experience and understanding of fields as diverse as shamanism and conventional music therapy, to the evolving sciences of chaos theory and complexity science, showing that music is not only a diversion or a form of entertainment, but an analogue of the life process itself. Indeed, music is the soundtrack of our lives, and, when used with wisdom and intent, it can be a formidable ally in human development at all levels of consciousness!

Reference and Research Book News
Bringing in aspects of disciplines as diverse as neuroscience, sociology, acoustics, education, and complexity science, Crowe (director of music therapy, Arizona State U.) simultaneously seeks to explain why music therapy is effective and to formulate a philosophy of music therapy. She rejects a completely empirical approach, preferring to conceptualize her philosophy as "music and soulmaking," wherein soul "is our experience of ourselves, and, as such it is dynamic, malleable, and ever growing and changing" and music "is a fundamental, holistic experience that impacts functioning in all areas-body, mind, emotion, and spirit." She offers descriptions of how music impacts each of these areas, followed by a presentation of her new model for music and healing (or "soulmaking").
Music Educators Journal (MENC)
...I recommend reading this book. Crowe breaks down some difficult ideas so that anyone can understand them, and this makes her book a must-read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810851436
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 458
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Crowe has been Director of Music Therapy at Arizona State University since 1981.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Music in Therapy and Healing Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Complexity Science: A New Scientific Paradigm Chapter 5 Chapter 3: Of Sound and Music Chapter 6 Chapter 4: Music Therapy and Problems of Brain and Mind Chapter 7 Chapter 5: Music Therapy and Problems of the Body Chapter 8 Chapter 6: Music Therapy and Problems of Emotion and Feeling Chapter 9 Chapter 7: Music Therapy and Problems of Spirit Chapter 10 Chapter 8: Toward a New Theory of Music and Healing Chapter 11 Bibliography Chapter 12 Index Chapter 13 About the Author

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