The Amazing Power of Music

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I love all kinds of music. I grew up on music. Several of my family members are musicians. I directed large (sometimes as many as 90 kids)
Middle School Musical Productions for many years.
I have seen how music can enrich and transform the lives of kids, and how it can strengthen their Emotional, Social, Spiritual and Intellectual Wellness.
My taste in music is very eclectic. As a teacher, I have always been very interested in the effects of music on the body, especially the brain.
With this Tackk Board, I have barely scratched the surface of all I could add about the "Power of Music". I will be adding to it in the future.
Please comment below the board - I would love to know what you think,
or look at links you might suggest.
~Katie (@PeaceAcore - Twitter and Tackk)

"We are the Music Makers,
We are the Dreamer of Dreams"
~Arthur O'Shaughnessy

“I was born with music inside me.
Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys,
my liver, my heart. Like my blood.
It was a force already within me
when I arrived on the scene.
It was a necessity for me - like food or water.”
- Ray Charles

Ray Charles - The Best Songs:
Ray Charles -"You Don't Know Me":
Contrast this last song with Nora Jone's Cover - a Second Great Version of:
"You Don't Know Me" -

Music Can Bring People Together
It Can Create
Harmony and Understanding  

"The best-selling single of his solo career, its lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisiveness of religions and nationalities, and to consider the possibility that the focus of humanity should be living a life unattached to material possessions."

"Rolling Stone ranked 'Imagine' number three on its list of 'The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time', describing it as "an enduring hymn of solace and promise that has carried us through extreme grief, from the shock of Lennon's own death in 1980 to the unspeakable horror of September 11th. It is now impossible to imagine a world without 'Imagine', and we need it more than he ever dreamed."


"Playing For Change"
A Global Movement
for Peace and Understanding

Nine years ago while walking down the street in Santa Monica, CA, the Playing For Change crew heard Roger Ridley singing “Stand By Me” from a block away. His voice, soul and passion set us on a journey around the world

to add other musicians to his performance.

This song transformed Playing For Change from a small group of individuals into a global movement for peace and understanding. Over 35 musicians play on this track together from all over the world. While they may have never met in person,
in this case, the music does the talking.

To support the growth and continuation of this movement,
consider standing by us as a PFC member today!

Episodes of the "Playing For Change Movement:


by Elena Mannes

"Science all but confirms that humans are hard-wired to respond to music.
Studies also suggest that someday music may even help patients
heal from Parkinson's Disease or a stroke. In The Power of Music, Elena Mannes explores how music could play a role in health care."

NPR Radio Interview:

“We’ve always known that music is a transformative, spiritual experience —
now modern science can explain how and why.
Elena Mannes explores this groundbreaking and often poetic new territory.”

—Bobby McFerrin, vocalist/pianist/conductor



Book Description:

"The award-winning creator of the acclaimed documentary "The Music Instinct: Science & Song," explores the power of music and its connection to the body, the brain, and the world of nature. Only recently has science sought in earnest to understand and explain this impact. One remarkable recent study, analyzing the cries of newborns, shows that infants' cries contain common musical intervals, and children tease each other in specific, singsong ways no matter where in the world they live. Physics experiments show that sound waves can physically change the structure of a material; musician and world-famous conductor Daniel Barenboim believes musical sound vibrations physically penetrate our bodies, shifting molecules as they do. The Power of Music follows visionary researchers and accomplished musicians to the crossroads of science and culture, to discover: how much of our musicality is learned and how much is innate? Can examining the biological foundations of music help scientists unravel the intricate web of human cognition and brain function? Why is music virtually universal across cultures and time-does it provide some evolutionary advantage? Can music make people healthier?
Might music contain organizing principles of harmonic vibration
that underlie the cosmos itself?"

Link to Independent Bookstores:

“I knew nothing about music—except for knowing what music I like —
until I took this journey with Elena Mannes. What a trip! Elena Mannes has always crafted exquisite stories for television, winning all the top awards for excellence
over her long career at CBS and PBS. Now she has brought that gift for storytelling to THE POWER OF MUSIC, laying out even for an untutored layman like me
a captivating account of how music connects mind and body.
She digs deeply into stunning new research
into music’s importance in our lives and reveals that
science and art are muses that nourish each other and enrich individual lives.”

~ Bill Moyers


How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

by Maria Popova

“Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout.”

"Playing an instrument engages practically every area of the brain at once — especially the visual, auditory, and motor cortices. And, as in any other workout, disciplined, structured practice in playing music strengthens those brain functions, allowing us to apply that strength to other activities… Playing music has been found to increase the volume and activity in the brain’s corpus callosum — the bridge between the two hemispheres — allowing messages to get across the brain faster and through more diverse routes. This may allow musicians to solve problems more effectively and creatively, in both academic and social settings."


Therapeutic Effects of Drumming

"Drum therapy is an ancient approach that uses rhythm to promote healing and self-expression. From the shamans of Mongolia to the Minianka healers of West Africa, therapeutic rhythm techniques have been used for thousands of years to create and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Current research is now verifying the therapeutic effects of ancient rhythm techniques. Recent research reviews indicate that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system and produces feelings of well-being, a release of emotional trauma, and reintegration of self."

"When you listen to or perform music you like, your brain produces more endorphins and dopamine (the “feel-good” brain chemicals that act as neurotransmitters).
These chemicals reduce stress, which in turn reduces illness and pain."
Sally Fletcher - Music Healing and Harmony


"The brain processes music both hierarchically and in a distributed manner. Within the overall auditory cortex, the primary auditory cortex, which receives inputs from the ear and lower auditory system via the thalamus, is involved in early stages of music perception, such as pitch (a tone’s frequency) and contour (the pattern of changes in pitch), which is the basis for melody. The primary auditory cortex is “retuned” by experience so that more cells become maximally responsive to important sounds and musical tones. This learning-induced retuning affects further cortical processing in areas such as secondary auditory cortical fi elds and related so-called auditory association regions, which are thought to process more complex music patterns of harmony, melody and rhythm."


Music And The Brain - Scientific American - Aug 17, 2006

By Norman M. Weinberger

What is the secret of music's strange power? Seeking an answer, scientists are piecing together a picture of what happens in the brains of listeners and musicians. Music surrounds us--and we wouldn't have it any other way. An exhilarating orchestral crescendo can bring tears to our eyes and send shivers down our spines. Background swells add emotive punch to movies and TV shows. Organists at ballgames bring us together, cheering, to our feet. Parents croon soothingly to infants.

And our fondness has deep roots: we have been making music since the dawn of culture. More than 30,000 years ago early humans were already playing bone flutes, percussive instruments and jaw harps--and all known societies throughout the world have had music. Indeed, our appreciation appears to be innate. Infants as young as two months will turn toward consonant, or pleasant, sounds and away from dissonant ones [see box on page 42]. And the same kinds of pleasure centers light up in a person's brain whether he or she is getting chills listening to a symphony's denouement or eating chocolate or having sex or taking cocaine."
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Music Helps Kids in So Many Ways in School

Why Music Makes Us Happy

“..rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” Plato

Music Can Move Our Souls...

Whitney Houston's
First TV Appearance

This is one of my favorite songs from the Broadway Musical "The Wiz" - "Home"
Though this video is not the best quality,
the performance by an 18 year old Whitney Houston was truly outstanding !

The message of the song is beautiful and very wise.

"Rube Goldberg was shockingly popular in his heyday. His brilliant "Inventions" series was nationally syndicated beginning in the teens and his style became one of the most instantly recognizable in the nation. He gave his name to our lexicon.

None of Goldberg's mythical machines is remotely practical. 'As we move forward along the gadget-strewn path of mechanization we become more and more aware of the general theme, DO IT THE HARD WAY,' he once wrote. 'The more trivial the product, the more complicated machine.'

Our ear is somewhat of a Rube Goldberg-like Contraption, but it is highly practical - and amazing in function ...
gathering sound waves and turning them into vibrations of the body's tiniest three bones - that then stimulate the Cochlea to produce electrical impulses that go to our brain, which is where real "Hearing" happens.  

The Amazing Rube Goldberg-like Contraption that is our Outer, Middle and Inner Ear

                    STEPS IN THE PROCESS OF HEARING:
Sound Waves----> Eardrum----> Vibrations----> Bones Moving----->  Fluid Moving ----> Electrical Impulses Generated ----> Brain interprets Sound

1) To hear, one must first collect sound waves via the outer ear, or pinna.

2) The waves are then channeled down the ear canal to the eardrum.

3) When the sound waves hit the eardrum it causes vibrations to occur,

4) which causes three bones in the middle ear – the malleus, incus, and stapes       (hammer, anvil, and stirrup) – to move.

5) The smallest of the three bones, the stapes, fits into the oval window between the middle and inner ear. When the vibrations cause this window to move...

6) The fluid in the inner ear transmits the vibrations into the hearing organ, called the cochlea.

7) In the inner ear, thousands of microscopic hair cells are bent by the wavelike action of fluid inside the cochlea.

8) The bending of these hairs sends nerve impulses that are passed down the auditory nerve to the hearing center in the brain.

9)The brain center then translates the impulses that we recognize as sound.

The Transformative Power of Classical Music

"Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections." ~TED TALKS


Music Can Express
Our Deepest Emotions

"Seasons of Love" - From The Musical: RENT

When Words Can't Do It ... Music Speaks

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“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”

Music Effects on the Brain  (Infographic) -

"There’s more to why we like music than just a catchy beat or an easy karaoke tune. A lot of receptors in our brain respond to different musical aspects like tone, rhythm or lyrics, determining the qualities we personally like and dislike.

Don’t let music just go in one ear and out of the other – learn how to interpret your brain’s response to music, the benefits of listening to it and the importance of music education."

- See more at:

"Long-term musical group interaction has a positive influence on empathy in children"

"Music can make us feel nostalgic, melancholy, or energized. It can make us want to dance. And, a new study suggests, it can make us feel more connected to other people, especially when we play music together.

The study, recently published online in Psychology of Music, suggests that interacting with others through music makes us more emotionally attuned to other people, even beyond the musical setting." ~ Stacey Kennelly

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                                    LONG-TERM MUSICAL GROUP INTERACTION


"Musical group interaction (MGI) is a complex social setting requiring certain cognitive skills that may also elicit shared psychological states. We argue that many MGI-specific features may also be important for emotional empathy, the ability to experience another person’s emotional state. We thus hypothesized that long-term repeated participation in MGI could help enhance a capacity for emotional empathy even outside of the musical context, through a familiarization with and refinement of MGI empathy-promoting musical components (EPMCs). We tested this hypothesis by designing an MGI programme for primary school children consisting of interactive musical games implementing various EPMCs. We ran the programme for an entire school year and compared the emotional empathy of MGI children to control children using existing and novel measures of empathy before and after the programme. Our results support our hypothesis: MGI children showed higher emotional empathy scores after the study compared to its beginning, and higher scores than control children at the end of the study. These findings shed new light on the emotional processes involved in musical interaction and highlight the remarkable potential of MGI for promoting positive social-emotional capacities such as empathy."


Image Above From:

"Learning how to play an instrument or singing in a group

often enhances self-esteem and imparts a

sense of accomplishment and camaraderie, and improves learning skills in general."
Sally Fletcher
MUSIC HEALING AND HARMONY How Music Can Improve Your Health, Enhance Your Brain Power, and Help You Relax


Music Enrichment Programs Improve the Neural Encoding of Speech in At-Risk Children

"Musicians are often reported to have enhanced neurophysiological functions, especially in the auditory system. Musical training is thought to improve nervous system function by focusing attention on meaningful acoustic cues, and these improvements in auditory processing cascade to language and cognitive skills. Correlational studies have reported musician enhancements in a variety of populations across the life span. In light of these reports, educators are considering the potential for co-curricular music programs to provideauditory-cognitive enrichment to children during critical developmental years. To date, however, no studies have evaluated biologicalchanges following participation in existing, successful music education programs. We used a randomized control design to investigatewhether community music participation induces a tangible change in auditory processing. The community music training was a longstandingand successful program that provides free music instruction to children from underserved backgrounds who stand at high riskfor learning and social problems. Children who completed 2 years of musictraining had a stronger neurophysiological distinction of stopconsonants, a neural mechanism linked to reading and language skills. One year of training was insufficient to elicit changes in nervoussystem function; beyond 1 year, however, greater amounts of instrumental music training were associated with larger gains in neuralprocessing. We therefore provide the first direct evidence that community music programs enhance the neural processing of speech inat-risk children, suggesting that active and repeated engagement with sound changes neural function."


Some Music Has Been
a Catalyst for Change in
Historical and Political Movements

Bob Dylan:  "The Times They Are A Changin" ~ 1964
"...released less than two months after the assassination of John F. Kennedy,
'The Times They Are A-Changin' became an immediate Sixties anthem
and was covered by artists ranging from the Byrds to Cher to Eddie Vedder.
Said Dylan, "I knew exactly what I wanted to say and who I wanted to say it to."

"Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round" (Civil Rights Song) performed by The Roots

Love watching Nelson Mandela dance near the end of this video:

Johnny Clegg (With Nelson Mandela) - Asimbonanga - 1999


Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang' uMandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)

Oh the sea is cold and the sky is grey
Look across the Island into the Bay
We are all islands till comes the day
We cross the burning water

Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang' uMandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)

A seagull wings across the sea
Broken silence is what I dream
Who has the words to close the distance
Between you and me

Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang' uMandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)

Steve Biko

Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang 'umfowethu thina (we have not seen our brother)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'wafela khona (In the place where he died)

Victoria Mxenge

Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang 'umfowethu thina (we have not seen our brother)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'wafela khona (In the place where he died)

Neil Aggett

Hey wena (Hey you!)
Hey wena nawe (Hey you and you as well)
Siyofika nini la' siyakhona (When will we arrive at our destination)

Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang 'umfowethu thina (we have not seen our brother)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'wafela khona (In the place where he died)

In Most Cultures - Music is a Significant Form of Worship or Prayer

Sacred Music Traditions Of The World (VIDEOS)

"There is something -- well, everything, really -- about that spiritual experience that is ineffable and eternally elusive. It's no wonder, then, that an integral part of virtually all major world faith traditions is music. It is the language of the soul, after all. What can't be said in words can certainly be expressed in melody and felt in rhythm.

HuffPost Religion has compiled here a series of photos and videos of timeless musical devotion. While this collection is woefully incomplete, it is intended to be an introduction to the world's major sacred music traditions, as well as a peek at some of the modern permutations of that spiritual practice. In the future, we hope to delve more deeply into the songs and sounds of specific faiths. But for now, enter the melody and see what is revealed."

"Hasidic Song Meets Modernity - Matisyahu's story is well known, but the fact remains that he's taken a centuries-old Jewish tradition of meditative song and made it relevant to many young Jews who otherwise feel alienated from their inherited religious tradition.
In this clip from a 2007 show at the Roseland Ballroom, Matisyahu delves into the depths of a Hasidic nigun (wordless melody) before launching into a beat box-laden jam, featuring John Popper on harmonica and Tim Reynolds on acoustic guitar.This is the power of ancient music in action.

Music is Healing Medicine

Information About Musical Therapy

Music and ADHD

                                                      By HELEN NIEVES

“Nothing activates the brain so extensively as music,” says Oliver Sacks, M.D., professor of neurology at Columbia University and author of Musicophilia. Traditionally, parents believed that distractors have negative effects for children. “Rather than just assuming it’s better for a child with ADHD to do their homework in complete silence, it may help their concentration to let them listen to music,” Pelham said a Professor in Psychology and Psychiatry and Director for the Center For Children and Families .

Music can have positive effects for children with ADHD. Listening to music increases dopamine in the brain. This neurotransmitter helps with attention, working memory and motivation. The brain on individuals who have ADHD lack dopamine so children with ADHD can use music to train their brain for stronger focus and self control. Music also has an expected rhythm and helps stops the brain from thinking a million thoughts at once. By listening to the expected rhythm, you are not trying to figure out the next note, instead it allows the mind to focus on one task that you need. Music works by releasing dopamine to a higher level than one may have thus helping you to concentrate more. Music also helps provide structure which is soothing to an ADHD brain struggling to regulate itself. The structure helps the ADHD child to plan, anticipate and react."
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               Poster From:

Music, Language, and the Brain
Winner of the 2008 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award

In the first comprehensive study of the relationship between music and language from the standpoint of cognitive neuroscience, Aniruddh D. Patel challenges the widespread belief that music and language are processed independently. Since Plato's time, the relationship between music and language has attracted interest and debate from a wide range of thinkers. Recently, scientific research on this topic has been growing rapidly, as scholars from diverse disciplines, including linguistics, cognitive science, music cognition, and neuroscience are drawn to the music-language interface as one way to explore the extent to which different mental abilities are processed by separate brain mechanisms. Accordingly, the relevant data and theories have been spread across a range of disciplines. This volume provides the first synthesis, arguing that music and language share deep and critical connections, and that comparative research provides a powerful way to study the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying these uniquely human abilities."

Research Articles:

* Music Enrichment Programs Improve the Neural Encoding
of Speech in At-Risk Children:

* Brain disorders and the biological role of music:

*Older Adults Benefit from Music Training Early in Life: Biological Evidence for Long-Term Training-Driven Plasticity:

"Aging results in pervasive declines in nervous system function. In the auditory system, these declines include neural timing delays in response to fast-changing speech elements; this causes older adults to experience difficulty understanding speech, especially in challenging listening environments. These age-related declines are not inevitable, however: older adults with a lifetime of music training do not exhibit neural timing delays."

*The Music of Power Perceptual and Behavioral Consequences of Powerful Music

"The current research investigated whether music can evoke a sense of power and produce power-related cognition and behavior. Initial pretests identified musical selections that generated subjective feelings of power. Experiment 1 found that music pretested to be powerful implicitly activated the construct of power in listeners. Experiments 2–4 demonstrated that power-inducing music produced three known important downstream consequences of power: abstract thinking, illusory control, and moving first. Experiments 5a and 5b held all features of music constant except for the level of bass and found that music with more bass increased participants’ sense of power. This research expands our understanding of music’s influence on cognition and behavior and uncovers a novel antecedent of the sense of power."

*Interactions Between the Nucleus Accumbens and Auditory Cortices Predict Music Reward Value
We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate neural processes when music gains reward value the first time it is heard. The degree of activity in the mesolimbic striatal regions, especially the nucleus accumbens, during music listening was the best predictor of the amount listeners were willing to spend on previously unheard music in an auction paradigm. Importantly, the auditory cortices, amygdala, and ventromedial prefrontal regions showed increased activity during listening conditions requiring valuation, but did not predict reward value, which was instead predicted by increasing functional connectivity of these regions with the nucleus accumbens as the reward value increased. Thus, aesthetic rewards arise from the interaction between mesolimbic reward circuitry and cortical networks involved in perceptual analysis and valuation."

Online Articles - Websites:

* The Psychology of Music: Why Mood and Memory Matter

* Sacred Music Traditions Of The World (VIDEOS)

* How Do We Hear?

Comment Stream

2 years ago

There is so much more I could add to this Tackk - and from time to time - I shall do that. Today I added a delightful video with Johnny Clegg and Nelson Mandela from 1999 - Asimbonanga