Team Tuning

How the behavioural codes of professional musicians can unleash transformational performance in any team setting. In 2015 I met Mark Smulian, a skilled, charismatic bass player. This was 20 years after his journey of discovery which led to the understandings…

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Emotional well-being and Music for people living with dementia

Following below is an enlightening and uplifting quote from Oliver Sacks   Oliver Sacks was a physician, best-selling author, and professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. He was the author of many books, including Musicophilia, Awakenings, and…

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The sounds that drive the MindHarp

    One of the most common questions I am asked about the MindHarp is in connection to the sounds that are at the core of the MindHarp. Where do they come from? Are they just any old sounds? Is…

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Autism, music improvisation and the MindHarp®

After years of ignorance, fear and prejudice regarding autism, neuroscience has begun to really demystify this complex issue, returning us all to a place where our humanity transcends our fears towards those who are ‘different’. It is now understood by…

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Let Music Lead #1

A thought Almost all people intuitively understand that music/sound is a ‘kinda magic’. Few understand that this is really true. Science has more and more research on the enormous influence sound and vibration has on ‘everything’ and more relevantly for us, on…

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Let Music Lead #2

When we created the MindHarp the dream was to create a musical tool that would allow anyone to engage with musical sound. Simply put; we believe that the more people who actively on a more or less regular basis, engage…

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MindHarp™ for Mind Health

The MindHarp™ is now being used as a valuable resource complimenting Peace Building processes and Good Relations initiatives MindHarp and Lydianstream director Mark Smulian has pioneered peace building projects in the Middle East using music & sound as dialogue in conflict…

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Let Music Lead #3

We all love music, maybe through music we can all learn to love one another. Music is neutral, especially instrumental music. Lyrics added to music are one of the bridges that connect music to the other art forms. Lyrics give…

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Hats off to the Scientists

Has music finally been de-mystified? Professors and researchers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have discovered and proved the existence of an anatomically distinct "music centre" in the brain (1). This has long eluded scientists, leading them and other commentators…

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MindHarp®: One of Your 5-a-day

The Context: 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK at present. This is set to rise to 1 million in 2025 The annual cost of dementia to the nation is £26.3bn which is a higher health and social…

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Music & Dementia

Why is music so important for people living with dementia? Much has been written about the power of music to enliven and enrich the lives of people living with dementia. Many care centres and homes already employ singing and other…

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Rock Till You Drop

A heartwarming tale of how active music-making helped a man with Lewy-Body dementia in Slough. From having disturbing hallucinations and being confined to a wheelchair, Alex Weir, who lives with dementia, has experienced an amazing upturn in his well-being after…

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