Category Archive: Articles Archive

Jul 15

Rocking all over the ward

A great article from The Times newspaper, 10 July 2012

Feb 19

The Importance of drumming in society

Nick Topper Headon, drummer with The Clash, discusses the importance of drumming in his life. He battled a drug addiction for many years and since becoming drug-free he has taken up drumming again. Drumming is a primitive form of music and has been found to have a positive effect on mental and physical coordination, promoting …

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Feb 19

Arts and Health

Do the arts have a role in health? This week Dr Mark Porter finds out whether art and music can really help to improve people’s health and well-being. Mike White from the Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health & Medicine believes the arts have a therapeutic effect. There’s growing evidence that they can bring …

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Feb 19

Music ‘aids the healing process’

Listening to music makes us feel better – but many doctors are now beginning to believe that it does much more. There is emerging evidence that it can bring about physical changes to the body that can improve our health. The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London has regular performances – and has seen impressive …

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Feb 19

Maps of the mind: The Lion’s Face

How do you write an opera about dementia? Poet Glyn Maxwell on the moving journey that produced The Lion’s Face. I’m sitting in a care home with a group of doctors, observing a circle of residents, nurses and musicians. For an hour or so they have been keeping a rhythm going – a simple beat …

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Feb 19

Something afoot at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Through my involvement with Sound It Out – the Birmingham-based community music organisation – I fixed up a series of Soundbeam sessions at Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH). Before these initial sessions took place I had no clue as to what effect Soundbeam would have on the children taking part; as it turned out the effect …

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Feb 19

Classical Music an Effective Antidepressant

New research from Mexico finds music of Bach and Mozart helps ease the pain of people suffering from depression. The Mozart Effect — the notion that listening to classical music will turn your infant or toddler into an intellectual titan — has been largely debunked. But a growing body of research suggests music can play …

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Feb 19

Favourite music evokes same feelings as good food or drugs

Scientists show how the brain reacts to favourite tunes. Ever had goosebumps or felt euphoric chills when listening to a piece of music?  Link to article.

Feb 19

Bringing music medicine to the NHS

When Florence Nightingale wrote her seminal guide to nursing she cited the importance of music to the patient.  Now more than 100 years later, the training college that takes her name is to employ its first composer in residence. For a year, John Browne will work with the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery …

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Feb 19

Study to develop ‘musical prescriptions’ for patients

Patients could be prescribed music tailored to their needs as a result of new research. Scientists at Glasgow Caledonian University are using a mixture of psychology and audio engineering to see how music can prompt certain responses.  Link to article.

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