Music moves us

Physically and emotionally, music moves us. I have never learnt to dance and the odd attempts to do so have fizzled out dismally. But I don’t really care. These days, if I feel like moving to the music, I just…

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The healing power of music now validated by medical research

This inspiring article from the New York Times brilliantly captures how progressive hospitals in NYC have embraced both Music Therapy and Music Healing as a vital component of care and cure for patients and staff. __________________________________ The Healing Power of…

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The Masters of Heavy Rock

The Masters of Heavy Rock was the title of a bedroom wall poster taking pride of place in my brother’s bedroom ©1975. It featured, arguably the greatest rock Gods of all, Led Zeppelin. They were, however, just part of a…

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Be a Musical Human Right Now

Try being a musical human right now… Click this link and experience our simple, accessible web-based MindHarp. Open it in a separate window, switch off your email, social media and other potential distractions. Let’s go on a musical journey… If…

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Be a Musical Human

As book of the week Radio 4 is featuring Michael Spitzer’s newly published ‘The Musical Human’. Michael is a Musicologist, Beethoven expert and Professor from the University of Liverpool. When I heard him interviewed a couple of weeks ago, it…

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MindHarp at the Frontline : Neurologic Rehab

As ever, the extraordinary power of engaging with music, never ceases to surprise us and one story from March moved us deeply. We have found that, within a couple of weeks of starting our MindHarp training course for practitioners (https://mindharp.world/courses),…

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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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