Title

Music in Healing/Therapy

Publication Date

1980

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Committee or Advisor Chair

Philip A. Smith

Committee Members

Glenn Whitlock

Ellen Katz

Keywords

psychology, music, healing therapy, transpersonal psychology, music therapy

Disciplines

Music | Music Therapy | Psychology | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Transpersonal Psychology

Abstract

Although Mendelssohn said the meaning of music was too precise for words, many individuals have tried to define it and describe its power and function. Plato wrote lyrically, "Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination." Longfellow called music the universal language of mankind. Theodore Reik stated:

Music is a message which everyone understands by nobody can translate it. It is the universal language of human emotions. It expresses what all men feel much more than they think. Its language is an experanto of emotions rather than ideas. It does not emerge from the flow of conscious thought but from the stream of consciousness. (Haines, R., 1958, p 4)

Comments

Department: Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology

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