Lisabeth Fauble

Music is More than just fun!

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Musical Medicine: Heal Your Body and Mind With Music

Overview:

Music has been an important part of the human experience as far back as our historical records reach, and cultures all around the world have used sound and music to heal and communicate for thousands of years. Recent studies show that music can help speed recovery time from surgery, reduce the need for pain medication and anesthesia, boost memory, recover loss of speech, lift mood, promote calm, deepen sleep, and even improve the taste of wine. No experience is needed for this class, just bring your love of music and an aspect of your life you want to improve. Learn how to choose the right music for your best health and well-being, create a playlist, and share it with others to spread the good vibes!

Project Title: 1-Hour Personalized Playlist

Project Description:

Overview:

For this project you will identify an area of your life that could use some help and what could be better about it, choose the attributes of music that fit with your goal, decide on a genre or genres of music to use, and finally pick songs and assemble them into a life-changing playlist.

Note:

You don't have to submit your finished project all at once. Sharing your progress along each step will help you connect with other classmates and understand your own (and each other's) process and class material better!

Deliverables:

1. Write down some of the main problems or issues in your life. Do you have a physical illness or problem? Is your mental state cloudy, unfocused, or noisy? Want to improve your memory? Are you feeling angry, irritable, sad, tired, or just blah? Do you desire a closer connection to a higher power, your intuition, or the earth? Anything goes!

2. Pick one issue and visualize how its improvement would make life better. Define your goal in a short, one-sentence mission statement. Avoid using negatives and put it in a positive voice. Example: "I enjoy life with abundant energy!" or, "I am focused and clear."

Don't use negatives like, "I am not tired anymore," or, "My confusion is gone."

3. Watch Videos 3, 4, 5 & 6 to learn how rhythm, tempo, mood, and style contribute to music's purpose and effect. Decide which types of rhythm, tempo, mood, and style fit your goal.

4. Find appropriate music. Browse the mp3 collection you already own, cruise YouTube, check out free libraries, or buy new mp3s.

5. Arrange music selections into an order that makes you feel happy. Notice how it makes you feel. A happy, satisfied, or comfortable feeling will let you know you've struck auditory gold.

6. Post your final playlist in the project gallery to share with others who might benefit as well!

Resources:

Free Music Archive

You Tube Audio Library

Freeplay Music

Jamendo Music

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