Monday, January 16, 2017

Introducing SONOCY

A place where  frequency programs for medical and therapeutic purposes are composed and dispensed.

Although all human beings are similar in composition, each of our bodies is a universe unto itself that has been influenced by your life style, environment, emotions, and genetics.  Quantum physics tells us that everything is vibration. This includes every part of us. And research demonstrates that our body responds to sound vibration, often with profound changes in the physical and emotional levels.


The carefully prepared audio programs of Musical Medicine can be highly effective for many symptoms such as arthritis, bone healing, spinal issues, PTSD, and Fibromyalgia, to name just a few. There are also times when these programs may be too general, i.e., you need your own sound prescription. This is similar to the difference between an over-the-counter treatment or getting a prescription.
If you live near Inner Harmony, you can arrange for an in office voice print to see what is out of balance, get supplement recommendations, and receive a CD to begin the re-balancing process.

If you are not close to us (or not ready to vacation in the Smoky Mountains.), there is a new alternative which I have been refining for several years. Now there is a way of making a personal program for individuals based on your list of 'symptoms', physical and/or emotional. 

You can read more about it on my Inner Harmony website.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Are Bone Conduction headphones useful?

 

 Here are Some Facts:

  • The open ear/over ear design allows you to continue to hear sounds around you while listening to your music. Therefore, GOOD for bicyclists, runners, etc.
  • These are not designed for music lovers - the sound quality is just not there. So, BAD, for audiofiles.
  • Instead of speakers, these are tiny transducers that will vibrate.
  • They are less harmful than ear buds - GOOD
  • Renders voice material like pod casts really well.
  • Deaf and hard of hearing persons respond really well to these. Sound therapist Regina Murphy played our Etheric Sweep to a profoundly deaf young man who went ecstatic as he heard and felt the music! So, GOOD for those with hearing issues.
  • People with dementia and Altzheimer's tolerate these better than headphones when using frequency programs like Altzeimer's.
Are they useful for Musical Medicine Programs?
We bought several pair of the Aftershokz AS400  to experiment and test.





Our results show that these headphones increase the effectiveness of these Musical Medicine programs:
Bone Builder                        Etheric Sweep
Immunizer                            Oxygenizing Tones
Parkinson's Nature               Resonance
Shoulder Repair                   Spinal Ease
Tuning Up

AND our 2 NEWEST programs are designed specifically for BC headphones: 

 
HEART HEALTH is a set of frequencies to assist in decreasing the symptoms of congestive heart failure and arrhythmia. We also made a separate version for headphones and/or vibro acoustic device.

These programs are 30% off during February. Just enter  feb2016 at check out to get your discount
 
DETOX ASSISTANT is a set of frequencies to increase the strength of already strong cells, decrease cravings, and stimulate the immune system and the process of ridding the body of toxins. Recommended for everyone for a yearly Spring clean out [I'm listening right now as I write this blog] and  especially for those with Altzheimer's/dementia, Parkinson's, obesity, cancer, liver issues. We also made a separate version for headphones and/or vibro acoustic device.



You can order our cds at: www.MusicalMedicine.net


Email Dr. Jonas for recommendations for your symptoms.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Is IPOD a 4 letter Word?

“Music is a double edged sword,” said Shakespeare. “It hath power to do harm or good….”

I’m writing this as I listen to some music specifically composed to stimulate maximum productivity, and I’m listening on my IPOD. It makes the music so much fun to hear…like being in the middle of the musicians. (I used to play flute in a symphony orchestra – now that’s a high!) If I was listening to anything else it would have my total focus, but this music is assisting me to be creative, I hope!

I can’t hear anything else….the phone, my cat crying for me to get off its tail, my husband asking if I want some tea. I am in my own world. If I wasn’t writing this and only listening, I wouldn’t have to interact with anyone.

So Shakespeare, here’s what we have discovered may happen when we use IPODs (or any MP3 player):

~there is a potential for hearing loss if you listen through earbuds with the volume cranked up. No problem you might say, we can ask people around us to talk louder and maybe someday invest in a hearing aid.

~you don’t have to be social. I was riding the subway in Boston last year. People were in their own worlds talking on cell phones or into their headphones and earbuds. (For those of us that find people talking on cell phones in close public places to be annoying, there is a device that can disable the phones within a small radius!) Even when I got off the train and walked around, people were doing the same thing. No eye contact with one another, no kindly smiles to one another, no passing comments at the corner.

~you can store an amazing amount of data on one of these things! I don’t have to travel with a suitcase of CDs to demonstrate music in my Music Medicine classes and trainings. Never mind that I do have to travel with a compatible stereo system to play it on so participants can hear the selections.

~listening with headphones/earbuds can be a distraction while doing some other task that needs your full attention, like driving. What ambulance? I was going how fast? (as I listened to my favorite hip hop tune).

~more people are listening to music – YEY! There is so much music available these days and you can now take it with you wherever you go. More people are discovering that there is music that makes you feel good. Maybe this will help replace Prozac. By the way, there are music and frequencies specifically composed to do this, and lots more.

~people are exercising less efficiently because they get distracted by the music and either slow down their routine or stop. OR, they are using music that does not match their own exercise rhythm or tempo. Research within the field of physical therapy shows that if you listen to music that matches the beat of what you are doing and you enjoy it, you will exercise longer, and increase your productivity. The aerobics group really has made good use of this, except maybe the ones who use classical music put to a different beat. Good grief. That’s like taking fine wine and adding seltzer or 7-UP.

~you can take it anywhere! Have you seen the little 1 inch square IPODs that you clip to your lapel (do clothes still have lapels?); it holds something like 294 songs. This is just mind boggling to me. However, think of all the ways you can positively use this: gym, jogging, belly jiggling, studying in the library (use the RIGHT music, Einstein), bathtub, hot tub, wash tub, sick bed, hospital (clip it to the pillow speaker strip!) eating, sleeping, singing, raking, mowing, meditating, massage (you listen to your music, your therapist listens to hers), OR, ER, …….

~you don’t have to share a listening experience, i.e., you don’t have to hear your teenagers’ music, or they yours. You don’t have to talk about your reaction to a piece of music because no one else heard it, unless, of course you have the speaker system.

~ I have just learned that a specialist researcher in subtle energies and sound, Freddy Silva, has stated that binaural CDs will play beautifully in MP3 players, BUT the binaural effects will most likely be lost. This is due to the file compression technology that eliminates many of the frequencies. Even though our ears cannot tell the difference, our bodies won't receive the full effect of the binaurals. This is most likely true for any of the technologies that use embedded frequencies. With that being said, I have found that when you import the programs as a WAV or AIF file, you will keep the full effect of the binaurals and frequency CDs.

~With your MP3 player you don’t have to listen to your body, mind, emotions, or spirit. “Just keep my buds plugged in, my pod turned on, and my tunes a playin’.”

As my husband has said: When there is constant music, you can’t hear yourself.

So, is IPOD a 4 Letter Word: I think Shakespeare had it right 400 years ago:
it is both HARM and GOOD.

To learn more about healthy usage of music, check out my book: Take Two CDs and Call Me in the Morning.

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America is Going Deaf.

Sound pollution has become a serious area of study with environmental engineers. Although I live in a relatively quiet neighborhood, I was blessed with extreme quietness while spending time in the boundary waters in Northern Minn. last summer. All I heard was lapping water, the occasional loon and other birds, and the wind, ie, the ‘real’ world. Coming back into the created cacophony world was like sticking my head in New York’s Lincoln Tunnel!

According to Donna S. Wayner, Ph.D., an audiologist and author of several books on hearing loss, "People tell me that a certain level of sound used to bother them but they got used to it. In reality they have reduced the efficiency of their hearing, and in time, the problem will spread. Typically, hearing loss is painless, so we think we're not vulnerable," says Dr. Wayner. "It's not like one day you can hear and the next day you can't. It's all cumulative." Experts say one in 10 Americans has a hearing loss that affects the ability to understand speech. Deciphering consonants at the ends of sentences may be especially difficult.

And it doesn't take a thunderous rock concert to cause hearing loss. Any repeated high-volume experiences or one-shot booms can damage the delicate nerve cells of your inner ear. And once damaged, these cells do not grow back. A good rule of thumb is that damage is occurring if you have to shout to be heard over the racket.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, a power lawn mower, a leaf blower, and a chainsaw all produce sound at 130 decibels, enough to damage hearing. Prolonged use of hair dryers, shrill kids toys, guns and rifles, jackhammers, loud music, theater sound effects, and jets taking off can contribute to slow hearing loss, aside from increasing our stress levels.

Paying attention to what sounds are in your environment can have huge payoffs. Want to be able to focus better, decrease anxiety and stress, create a peaceful environment, have healthier plants, animals and kids? When we become more tuned into what our ears are hearing we can choose to play ‘healthy’ sounds. I can’t tell you how many times I have asked restaurant wait staff to either change the music being played or turn it off. If more people requested this, restaurants might begin to pay more attention, though, Hard Rock Cafes are at least honest in their advertising!

Don’t forget your pets in your playlists; they are directly affected by the type of music played, just like us.

Play Music to Your Plants!

In Siena, Italy wine maker Carlo Cignozzi plays Mozart, Beethoven and even some Mahler over loud speakers to his grapes. Daft you say? Well,
according to Cignozzi, playing Mozart's ‘Magic Flute' and Vivaldi's ‘Four Seasons,' his grapes matured within 10 to 14 days, instead of the usual 20 days. The alcohol content also became higher due to the faster growth. Another interesting discovery that came to his attention was the decrease in bacteria, molds and parasites. One year of playing some of Tchaikovsky's symphonies had also driven away deer and other nighttime predators from the vineyard.

We are familiar with the idea that classical music can improve our brain activity, and influence our emotions. But plants? Research studies at the National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology in Suwon, South Korea examined the effect of 14 different classical pieces including Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata in rice fields. They found that the music helped plants grow at a faster pace, and is evidence that plants have genes that enable them to “hear.”

Plants respond to sounds in profound ways that not only influence their overall health but also increase the speed of growth and size of the plant. It has been determined through repetitive testing by scientists that plants do respond to music and sound. Many high school students have done simple experiments with plants and music; all produce the same result: plants are affected by music.

So, how do your plants look? Perhaps playing some quiet classical music might perk them up, particularly if they are subjected to many sound pollutants like noisy TVs, radios, kids toys, video games, and hard rock music. Research indicates that playing hard rock music to plants stunts their growth! What do you think it might be doing to your pets!

Most new pharmaceuticals and cosmetics are tested first on mice as their biological systems are close to ours. An enterprising high school student examined the effect of music on mice running through a maze. For 3 weeks, 10 hours a day, David Merrell played Mozart to one group, hard rock music to a second group, and no music to the third group. By the end, the mice that had heard no music had managed to cut their time in half, averaging five minutes to complete the maze, simply as a result of regular practice. The mice that had listened to Mozart averaged an impressive one and a half minutes. For the mice that had listened to hard rock, navigating the maze had become more difficult and their original average time tripled to a staggering 30 minutes! Also worthy of note is the fact that David had tried to conduct a similar experiment the previous year, but cut it short when the hard rock mice killed each other off.

There is much research of late focused on the use of music to calm pets. And not just any music will do! You can read more in the article Healing Music and Sounds for Pets in this blog.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Healing Music and Sounds for Pets


Imagine being able to play music or specific sounds that will help your animals quiet down.

Did you know that early music therapy research in the 20th Century was routinely done on animals?

Given these two hints, you have probably guessed that music and sounds affect animals very similarly to humans. And, they have their preferences, too!

The body of research clearly demonstrates that anxious animals like slow, classical music, i.e., music that is 60-72 beats per minute, with simple melodies and harmonies. The most recent research from California adds one other element: piano. Dogs prefer their classical music played on the piano.

Inner Harmony has just produced their latest CD which is based on all of this research. Pianist Robert Bonham, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Maryville College, performs classical music that pets and humans can relax to.
Playing a pre-release copy of “Music to Mellow Your Mutt,” L. Schmied observed: “I put on the CD for 2 anxious dogs and a cat and within 3 minutes all were laying down in front of the speakers calmly listening!” This CD is also designed to be calming for dog owners and young children. It can be used in the background while preparing and eating meals, commuting, or when going to sleep. The calmer you are, the less anxious your pet will be.

To hear and excerpt and to order: Mellow Your Mutt

How Sound Heals

Sound energy, in the form of mechanical waves, is transformed, as it enters through the ear, into electrical impulses, which travel through the network of connective tissue to all parts of the body. The systems of the body, whose resonant quality matches the motifs used, respond through sympathetic resonance.

Live Harp Music & Animals

Boone, A., & Quelch, V. (2003). Effects of harp music therapy on canine patients in the veterinary hospital setting. The Harp Therapy Journal, 8(2), 1, 4-5,15.
[Three groups of 32 canine patients received 60 minute sessions of harp therapy (Group 1: hospitalized less than 8 hrs.; Group 2: hospitalized longer than 8 hrs.; and Group 3: post-surgical patients). Visual measures of discomfort: restlessness, anxiety and respiration; all decreased during the harp therapy session. The control group displayed no such increase and, in fact, continued to increase in all three measures. The harp therapy group demonstrated a gradual decline in respiration rates over the on-hour in contrast to the control group – which remained unchanged during the same period. Both groups demonstrated a shallow trend in reduction of heart rate.]

1. Wells, D. L., et al. "The Influence of Auditory Stimualtion on the Behaviour of Dogs Housed in a Rescue Shelter." Animal Welfare 11 (2002): 385-393
2. Wagner, S., et al. BioAcoustic Research & Development Canine Research Summary (2004).

Dr. Deborah Wells, Belfast, Ireland In 2002, Belfast-based psychologist and animal behaviorist Deborah Wells undertook a research program to determine the influence of five types of auditory stimulation: human conversation, classical music, heavy metal music, pop music, and a silent control (no music at all).

From Dr. Wells's study, we came to understand that classical music had a marked soothing effect on dogs in animal shelters when compared to the other types of auditory stimulation. In the discussion section of her published research, Dr. Wells stated, "Classical music resulted in dogs spending more of their time resting than any of the other experimental conditions of auditory stimulation. This type of music also resulted in a significantly lower level of barking. Research suggests that calming music may have a beneficial effect on humans, resulting in diminished agitation, improved mood and lower levels of stress. Although the specific effect of classical music on dogs remains unknown, the findings from this study suggest that it may, as in humans, have a calming influence." She concluded that heavy metal agitated the dogs, indicated by increased frequencies of standing and barking, and that neither human conversation nor pop music had any apparent effect on the dog's behaviors, perhaps due to habituation to radio exposure.

Dr. Wells stated, "Further work is still required to unravel the specific acoustic elements that dogs respond to." That challenge inspired us to take our bioacoustic research where no one had gone before.

An Arizona Animal Welfare League has started playing classical music to calm animals at its no-kill shelter.

The music comes courtesy of Scottsdale residents Scott Goldberg and Hannah Romberg, who paid for the installation and service for the Muzak system that provides the music continuously via satellite, said Cheryl Weiner, the league's Vice President.

Goldberg said he noticed the calming effect of music on his two cats and two dogs, and he wanted to extend the service to the shelter animals.

There are other benefits.

"The dogs bark less and are more relaxed when people visit the shelter," Weiner said. "Visitors stay longer and spend more time with animals, so more may be adopted."


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Bach soothes animals at shelter
The dogs prefer classical music to pop or dance, staff said
An RSCPA rescue centre has installed a £2,000 sound system to play soothing classical music to stressed dogs.

Staff at the kennels in West Hatch, near Taunton, Somerset, said they now hear Bach rather than barks.

The animals are said to respond well to the strains of Beethoven and Mozart, but are not fans of pop or dance music.

Deputy manager Anita Clarke said: "It's a very stressful environment for the dogs to be in here, so anything that can help is worth a go."

The cost of the music system was met through fundraising by the Friends of West Hatch.

Whale sounds and panpipes are also played and sometimes radio output so the animals get used to hearing people talking.

Ms Clarke said: "Music is proven to have a calming effect on both animals and people.

"It definitely works. It's quieter in the kennels now because if one dog barks when it's quiet they all start but if music's playing they don't."

Saturday, October 11, 2008

What is BioAcoustics?

The power of sound and intent appears to be the most ancient form of creation. Not only did sound create the universe, the universe is made of sound. Sound is nothing more than waves of energy or vibration that we can hear. Einsteinium/ Quantum physics tells us that all of creation is made of vibration or inaudible sound. Some things we can hear like wind and music but most things we cannot hear.

Large and small, everything has its own vibratory rate and sound. Many ancient scientists wrote about the ‘music of the spheres’. As measured by NASA’s Voyager probes: Saturn hums a slow, dreamy melody, Mercury has a chirping, quick sound, the Sun radiates eighty different overtones and the Earth’s note is a B, although some believe it to be an F.

Everything is vibration energy, inaudible or audible sound. Human beings are walking symphonies of sound; a gurgling or growling stomach; intrauterine sound; heartbeat, blood rushing. All frequencies and sounds combine so that we are a being of sound, composed of many tones. Our body’s shape, movements, desires, motivations, and wellness are determined by this inner concert.

Ernst Chladni, an 18th Century German physicist, was fascinated with the concept of vibration as he would experience it when he played his violin. One day he scattered grains of sand on a metal plate. He then drew his bow across the edge of the plate and watched as all the grains of sand danced. As he continued to play the same note he noticed something surprising. The grains of sand formed a pattern on the plate and it formed exactly the same pattern every time he played the same note. In trying other notes, the same thing happened, each note forming its own pattern.

This remained in the realm of curiosity until the 20th century when a Swiss scientist, Hans Jenny, played with the concept. With the assistance of the microscope, he recognized that the forms made by the sand resembled some that he had seen under his microscope: chromosomes, cells, molecules, bone tissue and crystals.

He then made several important hypotheses:
1. Growth is the result of vibration.
2. The nature of the vibration determines the resulting structure.
3. Each cell generates its own frequency and the combination of similar cells makes a new frequency that contains the original frequency or tone.

This was the beginning of quantum physics. The way something vibrates determines what it is. For example, the frequency of water is 18.02 Hertz which means that the water molecules vibrate 18.02 times per second. It is important to know the resonant frequency of things because then we can change its structure.

From a Sound Healers perspective, when we experience emotional or physical symptoms we are literally out of tune, or in dissonance. All living systems dissipate energy over time which causes us to move further and further from equilibrium. We can easily detect this in the form of uneasiness and minor discomforts. We can ignore them, or examine our lives to find where we are leaking energy too much. If we ignore the conditions, we will continue to move further out of balance and soon find ourselves in chaos with stronger symptoms.

Sound Therapy is finding the correct frequency and figuring out the best way to deliver the frequency for the desired effect. It will affect the physical, emotional, mental, and etheric bodies. There are also frequencies that can affect the sub cellular levels.

Through the work of Sharry Edwards, Bioacoustics, and the use of Voice Spectral Analysis, the frequencies that are most out of balance in the body can be shown. These represent muscles, biochemicals, hormones, vertebrae, toxins, vitamins, minerals, pathogens, and disease susceptibilities. By applying the correct frequency through a sub woofer, tone box and headphones, sound table, or transducer pillow, these imbalances can be brought back in tune.

There have been many remarkable cases where physical conditions that were deemed hopeless by traditional medicine standards were dramatically improved, including impossibilities like growing a new kneecap, strengthening damaged muscles, detoxing heavy metals, completely repairing bone fractures, and reversing macular degeneration. One of the unique and important aspects of Bioacoustics is its ability to show root causes and demonstrate that two people with the same disease can have very different etiologies.

As a sound practitioner I have seen improvements in digestion, thyroid functioning, emotional balance, lung congestion, allergies, metal toxicity, fibromyalgia, pain, anxiety, and cancer tumor reduction and cell counts. When one keeps in mind that all is vibration, then it makes perfect sense to apply vibration for symptom correction.


What Happens in a BioAcoustics session?
A typical BioAcoustics session consists of taking a voice print (speaking 45 seconds into a microphone attached to a computer program). The voice print is then analyzed to determine:
1. what things are out of balance in your body, and
2. what frequencies would be of benefit for you to listen to.

The next step is to apply the frequencies to your body. This is done on our special sound table. This table will give you your frequencies through your whole body by acupuncture points, bone conduction, skin, ears, and energy fields. At the same time, a CD is being made for you to take home and use.

How long does it take for a change to occur?
This depends upon how chronic the issue is, your intention to release the issue, and your compliance with the listening protocal.

How long are my sounds?
This depends upon each person. Sometimes it is 15 minutes, sometimes it is and hour.

How often do I use my sounds?
Each person is different. Most of the time you will be directed to listen to the tones 3-4 times a day. If the issue is chronic, you may be instructed to listen to the tones at night while you sleep. This is done by playing your tones through a subwoofer that would be in your bedroom.

How do I listen to my sounds?
There are several ways listed in order of effectiveness over time:
i.e., from most powerful to least powerful
1. sound table or chair (From $2000-$7000)
2. transducer pillow ($76)
3. tonebox ($400)
4. CD with headphones
5. open air speakers in room

Do the frequencies just act on the physical?
NO. As we cannot separate ourselves into just a body or emotions or mind, etc., the frequencies will beneficially affect all of us.
There are also some sessions where only the emotional is targeted as opposed to the physical.

How to Relax with Music

I just want to listen to relaxing music….but I can’t find any!

So many of my clients, when they lie down on my sound table, say they want to hear ‘relaxing’ music.
That is like saying, “ feed me something yummy”!

Given our high stress and busy lives, most people are running in high gear. Imagine a car tearing around in 5th gear. What do you think would happen if you down-shifted to 1st or even 2nd gear. Not a pretty sound.
This is just like taking a person who has been going at top speed all day (or even for weeks) and having them try to listen to some dreamy slow wave music. They won’t be able to engage.

So here’s the trick, which was formalized in the 1930’s by psychologists: match the mood, then gradually move to the desired mood. Massage therapists often voice their frustration when Super Person lies down on their table.
“They don’t like any of the ‘relaxing’ music I play, and it takes them the full hour to just start to unwind.”

The starting point is to rate your level of alertness on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most active.
If you are a ten, pick some music that is close to your level and that you enjoy listening to.
The next piece would be slightly slower in tempo, etc. It is all in the tempo or speed of the music. Always have it be slightly slower than where you rate yourself to be, otherwise you will find yourself maintaining your level of alertness, or even increasing it.

Be sure to pick music you like, or think you would like. Do you gravitate to jazz, blues, R&B, etc.? But don’t let that get in your way of trying something new.

If you are rating yourself ready for the big plunge into slow wave alpha or theta brain wave levels, here are some interesting albums for you that I use in our clinic. Not only are they designed to pull you down into the realms of peace and serenity, they are well composed by people who are seriously intent on assisting you to inner peace. These albums are not only beautiful but therapeutic.

Liquid Mind Series by Chuck Wild
Balance by David Ison
Ocean Euphoric by Kip Mazuly
So Beautiful by Barry Oser
Cats Purr
Sleeping through the Rain - a Hemi-Sync CD*
Deep Journey – a Hemi-Sync CD*
Mystic Realms – a Hemi-Sync CD*
Odyssey by Shapeshifter

*available at Musical Medicine

Drumming - Documented Medical Benefits

Stress
Blood samples from participants of an hour-long drumming session revealed a reversal of the hormonal stress response and an increase in natural killer cell activity (Bittman, Berk, Felten, Westengard, Simonton, Pappas, Ninehouser, 2001, Alternative Therapies, vol. 7, #1)

Depression
Stanford University School of Medicine conducted a study with 30 depressed people over 80 years of age and found that participants in a weekly music therapy group were less anxious, less distressed and had higher self-esteem (Friedman, Healing Power of the Drum, 1994).

Cancer
Subjects who participated in a clinical trial using the HealthRhythms protocol showed an increase in natural killer cell activity and an enhanced immune system. While this does not indicate a cure for cancer, such results may be of benefit for those facing this disease. (Bittman, Berk, Felten, Westengard, Simonton, Pappas, Ninehouser, 2001, Alternative Therapies, vol. 7, no. 1).

Alzheimer’s Disease
According to Clair, Bernstein and Johnson (1995), Alzheimer’s patients who drum can connect better with loved ones. The predictability of rhythm may provide the framework for repetitive responses that make few cognitive demands on people with dementia.

Parkinson’s Diseases and Stroke
Rhythmic cues can help retrain the brain after a stroke or other neurological impairment, according to Michael Thaurt, director of Colorado State University’s Center of Biomedical Research in Music. Researchers have also discovered that hearing slow, steady rhythms, such as drumbeats, helps Parkinson patients move more steadily (Friedman, Healing Power of the Drum, 1994).

Chronic Pain
Chronic pain has a devastating propensity for progressively draining quality of life. Technology and pharmacology are falling short of the mark needed to improve quality of life and reduce pain, according to Dr. Barry Bittman in the Pain Practitioner. (Lingerman, H. 1995, Music and You. In the Healing Energies of Music. Wheaton, Ill.: Theosophical Publishing House).

Strengthens the Immune System
Objective:To determine the role of group-drumming music therapy as a composite activity with potential for alteration of stress-related hormones and enhancement of immunologic measures associated with natural killer cell activity and cell-mediated immunity.
Conclusions: Drumming is a complex composite intervention with the potential to modulate specific neuroendocrine and neuroimmune parameters in a direction opposite to that expected with the classic stress response. (Composite Effects of Group Drumming Music Therapy on Modulation of Neuroendocrine-Immune Parameters in Normal Subjects (2001)Bittman MD, Berk LS,Felten DL,Westengard J,Simonton OD,Pappas J,Ninehouser MD; Alternative Ther Health Med 2001: 7:38-4)

Improves Mood States and Reduces Burnout
Hypothesis: a cost-effective Yamaha Clavinova-based HealthRHYTHMS Recreational Music-Making protocol reduces burnout and improves mood states in long-term care workers.
What we studied: At Westbury United Methodist Retirement Community we studied 112 employees’ mood states (POMS-Profile of Mood States & MBI-Maslach Burnout Inventory) including: tension/anxiety (T/A), depression/dejection (D/D), anger/hostility (A/H), vigor/activity (V/A), fatigue/inertia (F/I) and confusion/bewilderment (C/B). Total Mood Disturbance (TMD) is the sum of the above mood parameters weighing V/A negatively.
What we found: A 46% improvement in total mood disturbance, and 62% improvement 6 weeks post intervention. Economic Impact projections – a typical 100 bed long-term care facility would expect to experience an 18.3% overall reduction in employee turnover. Retention of 11 of 60 positions predicted to be lost each year would result in an average cost savings of $89,100 per year. Total annual savings to the industry based on an 18.3% decrease in turnover at every long-term care facility is therefore projected at $1.46 billion.
(Recreational Music-Making: A Cost-Effective Group Interdisciplinary Strategy for Reducing Burnout and Improving Mood States in Long-Term Care Workers (2003) Bittman MD, Karl T. Bruhn, Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, James Westengard, Paul O Umbach, MA ;Advances in Mind-Body Medicine Fall/Winter 2003, Vol. 19 No. 3⁄4)

Mood Improvement & Burnout Reduction for Nursing Students
Hypothesis: a cost-effective Mind-Body Wellness Exercise-based HealthRHYTHMS Recreational Music-Making protocol reduces burnout and improves mood states in First Year Associate Degree Nursing Students.
What we studied:At Allegany College of Maryland we studied 75 first year associate degree nursing students’ mood states (POMS-Profile of Mood States & MBI-Maslach Burnout Inventory) including: tension/anxiety, depression/dejection, anger/hostility, vigor/activity, fatigue/inertia and confusion/bewilderment. Total Mood Disturbance (TMD) is the sum of the above mood parameters weighing V/A negatively.
What we found: A 28.1% improvement in total mood disturbance. Economic Impact projections – a typical 105 -student program would expect to retain 2 additional students each year. This improvement in retention rates would result in a projected annual savings of $29.1 million to US Nursing Schools. Extending this analysis to the healthcare arena, these projected retention improvements could result in cost savings of $322,000 for the typical acute care hospital, and more than 1.5 billion for the US healthcare industry. (Recreational Music-Making: An Integrative Group Intervention for Reducing Burnout and Improving Mood States in First Year Associate Degree Nursing Students: Insights and Economic Impact (2004)
Barry Bittman MD , Cherie Snyder MSS, Karl T. Bruhn, Fran Liebfried BSN, M.ED, RN Christine K. Stevens MSW, MT-BC, James Westengard BS, Paul O. Umbach MA; International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship: Vol. 1: No. 1, Article 12)


Reverses Stress on the Genomic Level
MEADVILLE, PA—A groundbreaking study published in the February 2005 issue of the international research journal Medical Science Monitor shows for the first time that playing a musical instrument can reverse multiple components of the human stress response on the genomic level. The study’s principal investigator, Barry Bittman, M.D. of the Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville, PA, says these unique findings not only shed new light on the value of active music participation, but also extend our understanding of individualized human biological stress responses on an unprecedented level. (Recreational Music-Making Modulates the Human Stress Response: A Preliminary Individualized Gene Expression Strategy. (2005) Bittman, B., Berk, L., Shannon, M., Sharaf, M., Westengard, J., Guegler, K.J., and Ruff, D.W. Medical Science Monitor, February 2005)

More References
1. Bittman, M.D., Barry, Karl T. Bruhn, Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, James Westengard, Paul O Umbach, MA, “Recreational Music-Making, A Cost-Effective Group Interdisciplinary Strategy for Reducing Burnout and Improving Mood States in Long-Term Care Workers,” Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, Fall/Winter 2003, Vol. 19 No. 3/4.
2. Winkelman, Michael, Shamanism: The Neural Ecology of Consciousness and Healing. Westport, Conn: Bergin & Garvey; 2000.
3. Bittman, M.D., Barry, “Composite Effects of Group Drumming…,” Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine; Volume 7, No. 1, pp. 38-47; January 2001.
4. Friedman, Robert Lawrence, The Healing Power of the Drum. Reno, NV: White Cliffs; 2000.
5. Mikenas, Edward, “Drums, Not Drugs,” Percussive Notes. April 1999:62-63. 6. Diamond, John, The Way of the Pulse – Drumming with Spirit, Enhancement Books, Bloomingdale IL. 1999.
7. Winkelman, Michael, “Complementary Therapy for Addiction: Drumming Out Drugs,” American Journal of Public Health; Apr 2003, Vol. 93 Issue 4, p647, 5p

Teaching Testimonials

Dr. Jonas came to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the evaluations were phenomenal. Nurses wrote “I feel like a new door has opened in caring for my patients”, “Spending the day with Dr. Jonas’ was amazing”, ” I wished we could come back tomorrow”.
All the evaluations were very positive. We are looking forward to future conferences.
Yoly Harmuth RN, BSN, CCAP
Center for Nursing Excellence
Credentialing Coordinator
Boston MA


Our Integrative Healing Arts Program students are grateful for Dr. Jonas’ expertise in medical music therapy and guided imagery. They appreciate the clarity of her instruction, including her first-hand experience of clinical application within healthcare institutions. We have been providing Dr. Jonas’ book for our students for the past 7 years and, time and time again, they exclaim about how useful this information is in helping them bring both music therapy and guided imagery to the bedside to assist their patient’s healing process.
Veda Andrus, EdD, RN, HN-BC
Vice President, Education & Program Development
The BirchTree Center for Healthcare Transformation
Florence, MA


I have been witness to the amazing work of Suzanne Jonas for almost two decades. I am especially familiar with her ability to teach the profound lessons of the power of sound as healing. She is highly effective in helping others to shape meaning for themselves and their lives through sharing openly her rare gift.
Doris J. Shallcross, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts/Amherst
Past President, Creative Education Foundation Board of Trustees
President, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School
Author of: Teaching Creative Behavior; The Growing Person; Leadership: Making Things Happen; Intuition: An Inner Way of Knowing; Celebrating the Soul of CPSI.
Consulting Editor, Journal of Creative Behavior

{Suzanne has] helped me to understand the complexities of the teenage mind. From talking with you, I have been able to develop different approaches with these young people. The frequency study that I conducted using {her} equipment also helped me improve my teaching strategies. [Her] information on diet and sleep patterns for young people has helped me advise my students so they can improve their quality of life.
Mary Boldon, Science Department Co-Chairperson for Maryville High School, Maryville TN

Dr. Jonas has an amazing toolkit with leading edge modalities and the expertise to select the best tool for each patient. Her frequency CDs helped me to slow down, hastening my recovery from a stroke. With Dr. Jonas’ Sound Therapy I was able to significantly reduce stress in my life, increase my energy levels and improve my mental clarity.

Experiencing therapeutic drumming with Dr. Jonas was like going to a spa. After we finished I felt elated, peaceful, and slept like a baby. What a drug free treat! The world would be a better place if we could all drum with Dr. J.

Dr. Jonas is a gifted teacher who is passionate about helping people have the knowledge and skills they need to heal and live in harmony and balance. Her workshops are experiential and great, good fun. Go to one. You’ll never be the same
Betty Jones, RN, Army Nurse, Col (retired) Townsend, TN

Suzanne Jonas brings a fresh, exciting approach to health and healing with her public presentations on sound. I “resonated” to her material on sound, music and rhythm. Suzanne is knowledgeable and tuned into the latest research about those tools that bring balance and inner harmony.
Michael Betz, Professor Emeritus at University of Tennessee and author of Enriching Health: Pathways to Complementary Therapies.
Knoxville, Tennessee


Dr. Suzanne Jonas exemplifies both personally and professionally a heart-felt passion for her life’s work in the wellness profession.
Doris M. Kilgore, EdD Mind Body Education Coordinator
Blount Memorial Hospital, Maryville TN

Dr. Suzanne Jonas offers such a wonderful combination of information, enthusiasm and delight in the teaching and practice of music/frequency medicine that the student or patient is soon searching for deeper knowledge. I have benefited physically, mentally and spiritually from Dr. Jonas’ guidance and know many others who have expressed a deep appreciation for the changes in their lives that they were able to achieve with her help. Catherine Geise, RCR, Maryville TN

Suzanne is an amazing teacher who co-creates with Spirit from her heart. Sharing her knowledge, having fun, and helping others to open to their many possibilities makes her one of the best. Hazel Teague, RN, BSN, Townsend TN

Suzanne has a unique approach to getting the mind body and spirit in line and allowing balance to enhance my daily life.
She is quick to focus on the problem wasting no time. I am amazed at how instant the results are.
Her healing techniques come from her soul which is the reason for it being so affective. She lives what she gives. This is a very deep experience that is not a waste of time or money.
It pulls you out of a deep sleep and gives life more awareness. It heals the soul of old feelings we cling to, useless fears, needless insecurities allowing us to get out there and live and feel and
celebrate life.
She does not focus on any one religion. This spiritual healing is incompassing of all faiths. It is respectful of our personal values and beliefs. It is also very respectful of the body allowing it to
unify with the mind and spirit bringing the total person together.
Any problems or goals we want to achieve will happen naturally without effort after experiencing the healing Suzanne has mastered so intensely.
Her respect, sensitiviy and sincerity is the root of her healing guiding abilities.
To experience this just once will stay with you the rest of your life.
Deborah Young-Weiler, Concert pianist and recording artist, Vermont

I have known Dr. Jonas as a friend and colleague for approximately 20 years. We worked together in a traditional medical setting where she used her considerable healing gifts in both group and individual therapies. She was the impetus for miraculous transformations in her patients. She was also a wise and insightful colleague.
Dr. Jonas can engage with a wide range of people due to her humor and warmth. She can quickly discern what someone needs to work on often before he knows it himself. She can then facilitate the individual’s making the shift using her repertoire of music, sound therapy and psychotherapy. She has a transformative presence in her capacity as a therapist, colleague and friend.
Cathleen M. Mason, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist. Halifax, MA

Take Two CDs...Testimonials

I have been espousing Suzanne’s theories of how to use music since I first heard her present at the 1986 International Creative Problem Solving Institute. I have given her book to hundreds of people in the U.S. and Asia who are teachers and trainers so they understand the importance of music on learning.
It is easy to read, well researched, and practical. The appendix is a gold mine.
Geil Browning, CEO, Emergenitics International and author of: Emergenitics. Tap into the New Science of Emergence and Success

Eight years ago my son was just coming out of a six week coma after a traumatic brain injury. I wish I had known of your work while he was in the hospital. Families having a loved one in a coma, wanting to touch & know how to communicate somehow could be so helped, feel encouraged and useful if they were made aware of the approach & attitudes in your book, ‘Take 2 CDs..’.
Speech therapists and nurses should have to know what is in your book and make more suggestions to survivors. Your training could be the highlight at major conferences on treating brain injury!
Felicia Lumpkin, Knoxville TN

Our Integrative Healing Arts Program students are grateful for Dr. Jonas’ expertise in medical music therapy and guided imagery. They appreciate the clarity of her instruction, including her first-hand experience of clinical application within healthcare institutions. We have been providing Dr. Jonas’ book for our students for the past 7 years and, time and time again, they exclaim about how useful this information is in helping them bring both music therapy and guided imagery to the bedside to assist their patient’s healing process.
Veda Andrus, EdD, RN, HN-BC
Vice President, Education & Program Development
The BirchTree Center for Healthcare Transformation
Florence, MA

You can purchase the 3rd edition of Take Two CDs and Call Me in the Morning  HERE

Personal Frequencies

All living systems have a signature sound and emit frequencies. The signature sound is the frequency at which the organism vibrates and which keeps it in tune. This includes vitamins, minerals, enzymes, muscles, vertebrae, hormones, plants, animals, etc.

Over time we usually move further and further from equilibrium. We can easily detect this in the form of uneasiness and minor discomforts. If we ignore the conditions, we will continue to move further out of balance and soon find ourselves in chaos with stronger symptoms like heart disease, gastric diseases, and joint disorders.

We can influence or re-balance out of tune organisms with the application of the appropriate frequency. By use of the law of entrainment in physics, the out of tune part, one that has either decreased or increased in frequency, can be brought back into tune. These are audible frequencies that are delivered through the vibro-acoustic table or chair in the office, CD and headphones or transducer pillow at home.

Science & Intuition meet in finding the frequencies that are best for you to bring your Being back into tune.

Suzanne Jonas, Ed.D. psychotherapist and sound therapist, and Frankie Z Avery, medical intuitive, compose a series of personal frequencies specifically for you.

Choices:
Personal Healing CD - These are frequencies that you need right now to bring your body back into tune. Depending upon how out of tune you are affects how long it will take to re-balance. Your personal CD may be 30 minutes or as long as 60 minutes and will have specific listening recommendations.

Birth Note CD – We are all born with a set of notes that assist us in staying healthy, on track, and moving forward. Depending upon the amount of unresolved traumas in our lives, we may have diminished our original note. The frequencies on this CD assist in resetting your notes. These notes are personal to you and are configured to help you in your present state to raise your vibrational level to its optimum for this life.

Questions:

What is the process to get my CD? First, You will fill out a short questionnaire. Upon reviewing this, you will be contacted by Dr. Jonas for any further information including credit card number.

What is the cost? The cost of each CD is $200. This includes shipping. It can be paid by credit card or check.

What will I hear on the CD? Each CD, of course, will be different in how it sounds. Essentially it will be a series of tones which can range from very very low to medium in range.

How do I use it? There will be specific instructions with each CD. This can range from listening once a day to several times per day. It will be important to listen through headphones or a transducer pillow. (this can be purchased at www.vibroacustic.org)

How long before I feel a change? Every body is different, so it is impossible to predict. Most of the time the change will be gradual, as we don’t want to ‘blast’ your system with strong frequencies which would cause too fast a change and result in possible discomfort. Change is also dependent upon your motivation and how well you follow the listening directions.

If you are interested in bringing your Being back into tune, and
for more information and to schedule an interview: soundladyjonas@gmail.com

CD Testamonials

In the course of two months I was in the emergency room twice and also hospitalized for 4 days. I had almost every test you can think of and still no firm diagnosis…pills did not solve the problem…The very first day with the Digest Aid CD I started to notice that I was feeling better, not as uncomfortable after I ate…Now back to normal, its very interesting to me because it happened very quickly. Now I just listen to the CD in my car while I am driving a few minutes a day…It really is amazing. Jeanne, CA/Atlanta

Whenever I have lower back pain I put on Muscle Ease. Within 10 minutes the pain is easing away. I have also tried playing it as background in my office. I notice less tension building in my body. Ellen Eikens, Mass.

I could hardly walk on Friday. I listened to Spinal Ease all weekend. By Monday I was just about ready to dance! Beth C., Tenn.

When I come in from work my shoulders ache so, I put on EthericSweep. I feel release in my muscles immediately. It is like having a massage. Thank you! F.L., Knoxville TN

I used to wake up with full-blown panic attacks. When I use Etheric Sweep every night I don’t wake up with my usual anxieties. Karen Brackett, Townsend TN

I have a muscle movement disorder that I have been living with for over 35 years called Dystonia. This creates continuous muscle tension, acute spasms and pain throughout my body. I have been using Suzanne Jonas’s Muscle Ease CD, either through our Tactile Sound Table or with our Transducer Pillow, almost daily for the last nine months. It has brought wonderful relief to the muscle tension and pain, allowing me to move easier and get on with my day. It has been exceptionally beneficial during the gardening season.
Thank you Suzanne!
Deborah Deuel, Director, Inner Soulutions LLC,
Manufacturer of Tactile Sound Massage Tables, Hot Springs, Arkansas
www.vibroacoustic.org

I own an assortment of ten CDs produced by Suzanne Jonas and have found each to be a valuable and effective healing tool. Janet Flynn, Tulsa, OK

I have purchased all of Dr Susan Jonas CD’s and listened to them and let my family and friends listen to them. Listening to Dr Jonas voice and CD’s has such a healing and calming effect that at time I felt I want to listen to them again and again and benefit from it each time.
Bita Rahmanian, MPH, D. Hom., Knoxville TN

I have purchased most of [her] frequency cds and wish there were more. I have had so much success in different areas using [the] frequencies. To begin with… Digest Aid is without doubt my fool proof remedy for any gastric distress. The first few times I got relief I attributed it to pure coincidence…I’m a born skeptic but am always willing to try new things. Well after using Digest aid countless times with sucess time after time I no longer doubt it’s
effectiveness. I use it like other people use Pepto Bismol.
I use the Oxygenator before I exercise or when I’m just plain anxious and breathing improperly. I can feel my breathing slow down and get deeper.I love it.
Muscle Ease and Spinal Ease have helped my dog tremendously. I use the cds via a vibroacoustic pillow and pump the sound into my dog’s body. He is so soothed by it.
With gratitude
Joanne Figarola, R.N. Bethesda MD

I have used two of the binaural beat CDs and my patients have remarked how relaxed and how something seemed a “little different” with this massage. I got into a discussion with them about the music and one stated how many colors she was seeing during the massage, and another remarked having some really clear thoughts at the end of the session. Thank you for recommending them.
Maureen Bottiglieri, LMT, Valley Hospital Ridgewood NJ

Suzanne is a wonderful speaker who holds your attention with the most interesting stories and information about her work. I have used one of her meditation CD’s [Blessings] and there is something in her voice that tells you she is at peace. So while listening, the listener receives that peace as she speaks. Suzanne can help anyone find that peace within themselves with the work that she does.
Paula Perkins, Colon Hydrotherapist, Knoxville, TN

My daughter, Laurie, is in another flare-up of Crohn’s Disease. She has used the Crohn’s CD on the sound table once since she arrived here from Key West. Since playing Crohn’s frequencies, she is improving and will continue the CD on the sound table.

Have also been using the Multiple Sclerosis CD for an MS patient who comes in weekly. She says she feels better but is not quite sure why. I have noted, as her massage therapist, that while using the MS CD, she is experiencing less muscle cramps in her legs and feet and a more relaxed attitude during the massage.

I love the Well-Being CD for myself and for my pregnant ladies. The first time I used the Well-Being, I had been tired and a little down. After using the CD on the sound table, I felt a sense of being uplifted and peaceful. I listen to music and CD’s all day but really noticed the sense of feeling well after the CD. One patient who is pregnant loves the CD and the feeling she has afterward.

I have used the Knee-Aid frequencies on the sound table for several patients including myself with great success and relief of knee pain. I had been moving some things around at work and twisted my knee. I played the Knee-Aid and within the hour the pain stopped. The pain has returned several times but I play the Knee-Aid and the pain stops.
Linda Metzger, LMT. Ft. Lauderdale, FL

My son invited me to an Open House at Inner Harmony about a year ago because I have fibromyalgia. It was incredible. At the Open House I received a foot massage, essential oils, sound therapy and just an all around pleasant experience. I then attended Dr Jonas’ four week fibromyalgia class which had more in depth lessons on foot massage, nutrition, biofeedback and general relaxation techniques. Because of what I learned at Inner Harmony, I feel better. I use the Sound Therapy CD Fibro Ease at least once a night to relax, along with lavender essential oils and other relaxation techniques. It was a fantastic experience and you will make new friends as well.
Brenda Clark, Maryville TN

More Testimonials

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Music and the Mind

from Take Two CDs and Call Me in the Morning
by Suzanne Jonas, Ed.D.


Aural Development and Music Brain Research
In his research on the human brain, Harvard scientist Howard Gardner concluded that it is the musical/sound portion of the child's cognition that develops first, and that it is an important area to stimulate fully, since succeeding areas to be developed build upon the aural center. Music educators in England have long emphasized aural development in their schools. They realize that as the child develops various forms of thinking --- reasoning, intuition, creativity, memorization, and judgment --- these are accompanied by auditory perception. This becomes the foundation for later work in verbal language, and then reading and writing. Their emphasis in the early years, therefore, is to develop greater auditory perception. By listening to sounds and observing what goes on around them, children learn to express what they hear, see, and feel. They will then write and speak clearly and develop various kinds of thinking such as linear, spatial, musical, or verbal more easily.

The Mozart Effect
At the 1994 American Psychological Assn. convention, a University of California research team reported that their music listening experiments with preschool children demonstrated a causal link between music and spatial reasoning. Spatial reasoning tasks involve the orientation of shapes in space. Such tasks are relevant to a wide range of endeavors, from higher mathematics and geometry to architecture, engineering, drawing and playing chess. The group of three year olds received eight months of special music training consisting of daily group singing lessons, weekly private lessons on electronic keyboards and daily keyboard practice and play. Scores on a spatial reasoning task improved dramatically after the music lessons. Other research also points to the advanced abilities of students who take music lessons. They tend to exceed the national average SAT scores by 51 points on verbal, and 39 on math.
The U.C. researchers also reported on an effect with 12 college undergraduates who listened to Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D for 10 minutes and then had to solve visual puzzles. The important subtest of the Stanford-Binet Test was a paper folding and cutting task. The subjects had to imagine that a single sheet of paper has been folded several times and then various cut outs are made with a scissors. The task is to correctly predict the pattern of cut-outs when the paper was unfolded. Those students who listened to Mozart scored an average of 8 points higher than control groups who were given relaxation instructions or simply sat in silence. The press immediately proclaimed that Mozart made you smarter and it became known as the Mozart Effect. Two critical and highly limiting factors were generally ignored: first, that the effects were not on general intelligence but only for a test of spatial abilities; and second, the effects lasted only a few minutes! Since that time, there have been many research studies focusing on this Mozart effect with the result that there is no agreement about whether or not the Mozart Effect is genuine.7
Over the years, various other curious Mozart research anecdotes have surfaced: cows serenaded with Mozart give more milk; Mozart string quartets played in the city squares in Edmonton, Canada decrease drug dealings; and in northern Japan, Ohara Brewery finds that Mozart makes the best sake. Apparently the density of the yeast used for brewing increases by a factor of ten.
Mozart’s music scores another hit in the research arena with the following story published in The Institute of HeartMath’s Spring 2004 newsletter8.

“High school student David Merrell examined the effects of music on mice running through a maze. Would they learn to navigate faster with a specific kind of music? Before the mice began their listening regimen, David ran each of them through the maze to establish a base time of about 10 minutes. Then he started piping in the music.
For ten hours a day, one group heard classical and a second group heard hard rock. A third group heard no music at all. David put each mouse through the maze three times a week for three weeks. At the end of that time, the mice that had heard no music had managed to cut their time in half, averaging five minutes to complete the maze, simply as a result of regular practice. The mice that had listened to Mozart averaged an impressive one and a half minutes. For the mice that had listened to hard rock, navigating the maze had become more difficult and their original average time tripled to a staggering 30 minutes! Also worthy of note is the fact that David had tried to conduct a similar experiment the previous year, but cut it short when the hard rock mice killed each other off. “
Harvard University’s Institute of Music and Brain Science is also conducting research on music’s ability to affect the body.

Super Learning
Many other informal studies continue to point to the usefulness of Baroque and Mozart's music to heighten abstract reasoning, comprehension, retention, and performance. For decades, researchers in Bulgaria have been using baroque music in their learning research. Headed by Dr. Lazimov9, the studies find that Baroque music with high pitches and 60 beats per minute tempo has the greatest effect in energizing the brain which in turn increases learning. The music of that period (see Appendix E for a further description) creates a relaxed state that lowers blood pressure, synchronizes heartbeat and brain waves to slower, more efficient rhythms, and promotes hemisphericity --- the synchronization of the right and left hemispheres. In this country, Ostrander and Schroeder have incorporated these findings into a program called Super Learning 7. Using rhythm, breathing, and music, they have found learning accelerates, memory expands, and all is done in a fun atmosphere. CDs for use in the classroom cover arithmetic, vocabulary, math, languages, and provide background music for use during any cognitive activity. (See www.SuperLearning.com)

Hemisphere Synchronization
The two hemispheres of the brain, right and left, perform different functions for us. The qualities of the left hemisphere are rational, logical, linear, analytical, and organized, and its some of its tasks include speech production and math calculation. The qualities of the right hemisphere are holistic rather than analytical; it is intuitive and metaphoric, and is involved in aesthetic perception, recognizing patterns, and emotions.

Left Hemisphere Right Hemisphere
Logical Creative
Analytical Synthesizing
Mathematical Artistic
Technical Holistic
Problem Solving Conceptualizing
Controlled Interpersonal
Conservative Emotional
Planning Musical
Organizational Spiritual
Administrative Verbal
Sequential Expressive
Procedural Experiential

While the left hemisphere sorts through incoming information in a reductive manner, i.e., systematically considers every variable to find the best answer, the right hemisphere synthesizes information received--it arranges elements into a complete whole.
Many people develop one side of the brain to a greater degree than the other; this is known as 'straight dominance'. A left dominant person is a linear thinker, good with words but not much involved with the substance behind the words. Such people are good with specifics, remembering names, and critical thinking. People with a left brain dominance make good engineers, computer programmers, medical doctors, lawyers, critics, administrators, bookkeepers, and planners. Right brain dominant people are typically vague, diffuse, poetic, intuitive, good in aesthetic matters, but they have difficulty in getting down to specifics or in 'putting two and two together'. These people make good artists, psychologists, philosophers, writers, musicians, social workers, and policy makers. Although it is obvious that neither extreme is desirable, our society has been geared toward developing left hemisphere abilities, neglecting important right hemisphere operations. These are the first subjects 'to go' in school budget cuts: music, art, physical education, and audio-visual supplies. According to the cutter, the reason 'Johnny can't read' or do his math is that not enough emphasis is put on 'the basics' --left brain activities. In fact, the situation is just the opposite: not enough stimulation of the synthesizing, experiencing, poetic side--the right hemisphere. This is the part of the brain that is naturally used in the creative arts. Teachers and researchers keep reporting that kids learn better and faster when they: 1) experience what they are learning; 2) are having fun; and 3) have as many of their senses stimulated as possible.
Estimates vary, but there is agreement among brain researchers that humans use only a small portion of their mental capacity--from 10-13%. The obvious question arising from this observation and the known facts about holistic learning is: how can we tap some, or all, of that unused potential?

Hemi-Sync
Exploring the concept of hemisphericity by applying scientific brain-wave theories, the late Robert Monroe patented a synthesizer that brings the brain's hemisphere into synchronization. (This process is described in detail in Chapter 7). This system is based on the discovery that optimal learning takes place when the individual is in a certain state of consciousness--when the brain waves being generated are at a particular frequency. This optimal learning state has been established as the theta state, when the brain waves are cycling at 4-7 Hz. and when combined with Hemi-Sync signals, learning takes place quickly and easily. (See more at www.MonroeInstutite.org.) Reports from the Monroe Institute indicate a significant increase in learning and right brain attributes of cooperation, happiness, and general well-being. There are several CDs designed specifically to assist learning that contain these signals. (See Appendix A).

Recommendations for Music Assisted Learning
From the above cited research and other sources, it is clear that to use music successfully while studying, concentrating, and learning, certain conditions must be maintained. While doing cognitive work, each of the elements described in Chapter 1 must have particular characteristics.

Beat - Use music of 60-72 bpm
Rhythm - music should have simple, unchanging rhythm
Melody - strong, simple melody
Harmony - simple and unchanging
Timbre - strings, flute, piano, solo instruments with orchestra

The Baroque era in music contains a wealth of music that is suitable for this. Also good is the music of Mozart (second movements of concertos), Handel, Corelli, and others as listed in Appendix A under Cognitive Work. The Lind Institute has two CDs: Classical Harmonies* and Classical Melodies, that incorporate all the appropriate elements. There are several Hemi-sync CDs that are also specifically programmed for learning: Remembrance, Baroque Gardens, and Concentration work well*.

ADD/ADHD
ADD/ADHD is defined as distractibility, impulsiveness, inattentiveness, absentmindedness, intrusiveness, talkativeness, and restlessness. There are many factors contributing to these symptoms including inadequate diets, toxins, thyroid disorders, nutritional deficiencies and allergies. It would be very beneficial to begin eliminating all wheat, sugar, dairy, and red and blue dyes from the diet of those with ADD/ADHD. Wearing orange tinted glasses makes focus and concentration easier when reading.
An ADD/ADHD* CD has been programmed with frequencies (tones) that are beneficial for all children but especially for those who have been diagnosed, whether on medication or not. Listening to these tones will begin to heal damage from medication and will increase the concentration levels of adults and children. The Hemi-sync CD Remembrance* is an extremely interesting CD to use with this population. All of the teachers who have followed my recommendation to play this in their classrooms have reported back to me that the children almost immediately became settled, at least less restless, and able to focus in on their work. One teacher reported that in subsequent days if she forgot to play the CD, the students would either ask her to or put it on themselves. Barry Osser’s ‘So’ Chord*, also containing hemi-sync signals, is also a good background CD as it provides a beautiful supportive sound for classrooms, home, and anywhere a calm and focused environment is desired.

Autism
The number of children with autism has grown substantially in the last 50 years. Autism has been associated with toxins, vaccines, and heredity. There appears to be a breakdown of the patterning in some of the chromosomes.
A CD for Autism* containing frequencies (tones, not music) has been programmed to stimulate the brain at the subatomic level which may lead to greater awareness and coping abilities. The tones will also assist in relaxing muscles, balancing the hemispheres, and releasing tension. Individuals may be able to express themselves better and evolve with appropriate external stimulation after repeated listenings. Also recommended are two Hemi-sync CDs: Remembrance* and ‘So’ Chord*

* Available from MusicalMedicine.net

1Kenny, C.B. The Myth Artery: The Magic of Music Therapy. Atascadero, CA: Ridgeview Publishing Co. 1982.
2Hevner, K. “The Affective Characteristics of certain Elements of Musical Form.” Psychological Bulletin:31, 678-679. 1934.
3Gatewood, Esther. “An Experimental study of the Nature of Musical Enjoyment.” in Schoen, Max (ed). The Effects of Music. N.Y.:Harcourt, Brace & Co. , Inc. 1927.
4Altshuler, I. “Music as a Therapeutic Agent.” in Schullian, D. and Schoen, M. (Eds). Music and Medicine. N.Y.: H.Schuman, Inc. 1948.
5Shatin, l. “Alteration of Mood via Music.” Journal of Psychology: 75, 81-86. 1970.
6Shallcross, Doris. Teaching Creative Behavior. 1984.
7Weinberger, N.M. The ‘Mozart Effect’: A Small Part of the Big Picture”. MuSICA Research Notes: Vol. VII, 11, Winter 2000.
8Instutite of HeartMath , www.Heartmath.com
9Ostrander & Schroeder. SuperLearning 2000

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Blessings CD found effective in University Study!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Suzanne Jonas, Ed.D.
Walland TN. March 13, 2008


ARE YOU STRESSED AND ANXIOUS?
Dr. says: Take two CDs and call me in the morning!!!

In a study performed in three hospitals and a multi-branch home care agency in Connecticut, patients who had suffered a heart attack were asked to listen to a CD three times a week for four weeks. Researchers wanted to know if a spirituality-based CD would have any effect on anxiety and spirituality in a cardiac population.

Colleen Delaney, RN, PhD., faculty member of University of Conn, and Cynthia Barrere RN, PhD, of Quinnipiac University, CT, wanted to assess the effects of using a spiritually based music and imagery exercise in a variety of healthcare settings. Local Tennessean, Suzanne Jonas, Ed.D. behavioral medicine psychotherapist and specialist in sound and imagery for healing, was asked to develop a CD that would help patients decrease anxiety levels and increase their spiritual values. Dr. Delaney had developed a Spiritual Values scale in 2003 because she strongly believes that these values assist in keeping people healthy and in assisting their recovery from health issues.

The Blessings CD that Dr. Jonas wrote and produced was used by all of the participants. “The CD is not just another voice guided relaxation exercise, although it is very relaxing” said Jonas. “The focus is more on eliciting spiritual values”. Some of the values include: feeling in harmony with and respecting all living things, having a relationship with a Higher Power, feeling a sense of life purpose, and striving to find meaning in life experiences.

First time listening showed significant changes in the listener’s anxiety levels and feelings of well-being associated with increased spiritual values. At the end of the four weeks, all of the remaining participants demonstrated a trend in decreasing their anxiety levels and increasing their score on the Spirituality Scale.

Responses to the Blessings CD most often included: “beautiful", "relaxing", and "wonderful”. One participant who had recently lost her job said: Listening to the CD helped me to find peace and inner strength.” And another participant stated: “I liked it very much! I was able to totally, totally relax”.

This is the second time that Dr. Delaney has used one of Dr. Jonas’ CDs. In 1997 she investigated the effects of the Cardiac Healing CD on women with high anxiety levels following a heart attack. The listeners significantly decreased their anxiety scores by using that CD. “Cardiac Healing is a voice guided exercise that takes you through your cardiac system seeing it completely healthy,” described Jonas. “In the process of doing the exercise, the listener assists the body in recovering, feels some control in the healing process, and increases feelings of relaxation”. Many other research studies demonstrate the importance of the relaxation response in healing and staying healthy.

Dr. Jonas is founder and director of the Inner Harmony Health Center in Walland which assists people in finding Inner Harmony through spiritual counseling, music and sound therapy, and energy medicine. She has authored numerous CDs that are being used in a variety of healthcare facilities and hospitals in the US. She routinely teaches healthcare professionals how to implement music and sound for healing in their practices and facilities. Her book: Take Two CDs and Call Me in the Morning, is widely used in hospitals and schools.

Dr. Jonas can be reached at 865-980-0137, and through her website: www.InnerHarmonyHealthCenter.com
where you can purchase the Blessings CD and her book.