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Music Therapy

The medical community is increasingly becoming aware of the use of music in therapy. Music is being used after brain surgery: in hospices; for Asperger’s Syndrome, and also singing exercises to teach people to speak again. Some patients, perhaps with no musical ability, are sat at the piano to play the black keys at random, and a musician alongside will match chords to them, and a tune is spontaneously formed. There is a sympathy of reaction formed between the two.

Now it is being thought that music helps to rewire the brain, and to find other channels of communicating. These studies began in the 1950’s, and were not seriously considered, as they were thought to have New Age connotations. But there is now more medical interest. Strangely, this is not a modern discovery, as it was in use 2,800 years ago. King Saul suffered from extreme depression and violent oppression through an evil spirit. And he was advised to employ David, who was a fine musician, to play his harp when these black periods took hold of Saul. It soothed Saul’s violence and brought him out of his state. “Saul was refreshed and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him”. Personally, when singing the psalms to a lovely tune, there is not only spiritual benefit derived, but the exercise engenders a sense of joy, calm and repose. Jonathan Edwards remarked that the more the Psalms are sung, the nearer we are brought to Heaven. Our souls uplifted and strengthened, through making melody in our hearts. Ω